Stakes For Sea Creatures Replaced By Something New by Kristin Garth

Stakes For Sea Creatures Replaced By Something New

Shake off the escort who pulls you away 

returning from the pool on a maybe

Saturday.  Locked bedroom makes of days 

already a blur until shark suspended, you see,

in canvas transferred, from a hallway tank 

hatch, held aloft for a magician’s strait-

jacket dance.  Laddered zippering men flank

this fish, who has no chance now to escape.

To fate he’s lowered, coffin-sized box — next to 

others departing; nobody talks — stakes

for sea creatures replaced by something new.

Mistake believing it won’t happen to you —

another gilled creature men will subdue. 

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket from Roaring Junior Press.  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com