Big Fish


Many thanks to Gyroscope Review for publishing the following poem in their Winter 2017 issue: 

Big Fish

                                         —restaurant & bungalows

Last year, a beach-view balcony

  a midnight breeze brought salt

    thirsty lime juice on our lips


At lunch, cotton-stuffed cushions

  tables tall as crisscrossed knees

    curries spiced with dragon weed


This year, a cold-water room out back

  garden dogs, mosquito verandah

    laptop lines and letters glow


Tonight, back for another sea breeze

  pineapple curry on chicken and rice

    I breathe the freedom absence brings


Your absence, a ghost seated beside me

  stirs her own papaya pleasure

   same same, yes yes, but different



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