Variations on a Theme: Repeat As Needed

Tusk Fish

Emma Newbery

Tusk fish remember, return

to the rounds and ridges of loved coral

where they dash what is meant

to break open.

sifting through silt, they swim to the edge

alone, under dappled sea light.

in the passage from reef to ring they reach

a speed of thrumming stillness.

I can hope to pass under the same beams

to cut through the water dark,

and return through some fin-felt remembrance

each day

to what’s most important.

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