DEAD FISH ON THE SHORE NEAR PORT COVINGTON - N...

DEAD FISH ON THE SHORE NEAR PORT COVINGTON - NARA - 546782 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mannheim Gallery in Old Town Cottonwood hosted a poetry reading by five local writers yesterday. It was a cozy affair surrounded by paintings by locals and the atmosphere perfect for poets.

I had to run off before the afternoon ended, but I did manage to write some verse, inspired by the talented locals whose names are familiar to wordists, but new to this newcomer. In salute to National Poetry Month and my forthcoming book, to be published in late summer, I offer you this dark image of the Indiana Dunes:

Alewives pile up,

sickened by violent paramours,

ships passing in the night

invade foreign waters,

and sow parasitic seed,

while fish eyes stare into blinded space

with newly dead dreams.

[Copyright 2012 Paula McHugh}

 

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