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Filleting the Melon

Published by RHONDA ARNOLD | Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:58 PM


My gleeful anticipation while prepping a melon is sometimes displaced by regret for when fish was the intended meal. May this poem redress those occasions. : 99 words


It could be a salmon
Or some other fish laying here
Motionless
Once connected in a telepathic school
Propelling itself in a jaunty flick against the current
Upstream to my kitchen

But it didn’t swim
It came from an Ewa field, tethered
By vine and root to other plants
That remain or are gone now, too

I am at the water’s edge
Catch ‘n release, away you slip-
Dropped
In gritty contaminants
While sink washing, freely splashing

Horizontal poise
Snares stainless glint
Filleting flesh, discarding skin
Groove in board harbors juices wept
From succulent pink
Of melon’s sweetest meat.



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Rhonda Arnold - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 11:19 AM.


Appreciate your comment. Thank you.

BetweenWatersUnseen - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:39 PM.


I love the violence here, so subtle.