May 31*

dogfish

we bottomfish
from pt roberts
to alden bank
to matia
to clark
to sinclair
jigging hard

a dozen sea cucumbers
accidentally snagged
half a dozen dogfish
one nice cabezon
and no halibut.
no rockfish.
no lings.

these fertile waters
wiped clean.

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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