Small smooth silvery scales shimmer as she
silently swims in tropical shallow
still seas – hungrily searching, silently
stalking, ravenously scavenging. Most
merciless monstrosity, viciously
curious, rabid black eyes, sneering
undercut jaw, jutting razor-sharp teeth,
missile-sleek, fearsome flesh full of potent
paralyzing poison, kills most swiftly,
most fearlessly to eat – or be eaten.
She sees me; I am just another fish.
My gangly arms and stiff fin-feet flail like
a thrashing half-finned fish. My forgotten
earrings glimmer like floating loose scales of
a fish freshly frenzied. My eyes behind
my mask look huge like a nearly-dead fish
in shock. My bikini strings dangle like
twisted, knotted innards of a gutted
fish. My snorkel gurgles like a busted
bladder as I swim aimlessly – up, down,
sideways like a belly-up dying fish.
I rang her dinner bell loud; she answered.