Dirt under fingernails and churning
water beneath his feet, the fisherman reeled
in the blue back of hooked fish as it thumped
its life on the side of the boat. Gentle tugs gave
way to the hard-heavy, line rising up
out of the black. I was hooked too
In the secret shade of slanted trees, your breath
hot, filled with the roar of blood, eyes precise as
the tips of fly hooks. You seized me,
lay me down, flapping on the white bottom
of the last boat I would ever know.
Terri Muuss, whose poetry has appeared in Bolts of Silk, Apercus Quarterly, Long Island Quarterly, Red River Review and Whispers and Shouts, is the author of Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013) and the one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News and performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998. Terri co-produced and hosted the monthly Manhattan poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years and her poem Rialto Beach won the 2013 Great Neck Poetry Prize.