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EVERYONE BEGINS AS FISH & (poem) - Mario Petrucci - United Kingdom - Poetry International
 
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everyone begins as fish &
ends so – spiralling after
egg (that other half of our
chains) & setting gills

in gristled knot that buds
legs as tadpoles do & blow-
hole ears halfway down

the back & low-set eye
alien as featherless chick –
ah we have peered into

that shared ovum whose
blasto-flesh runs its gauntlet
of fowl & fish so fused at

the tail nothing can be told
apart – is this why when i am
late i find in upstairs dark

you – on placenta duvet &
hunched round self as wom-
bed ones are? – as though

i had just returned from
all eternity to catch you
naked  out  sleepwalking

space without even
navel-twisted purpled
rope to hold you