IF YOU LOOK

by Jnana Hodson

kingfisher and duck
harbor pilot, a ferryman

houseboats and docks,
factories and oil tanks

ripple and rot
with the patient rhythm

harnessing the current, as a hydroelectric turbine
in the mind, of the stream

make a deal, accept a dare, maybe simply gamble
a giant fallen tree, its roots twisting free

this nest of snakes
a ditch between two sisters

is nobody, a snoring family
in over your head

wears long hair, often braided
with little fish, always, the little fish

if you look

poem copyright 2015 by Jnana Hodson

 

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