Big Fish

Mariah Wood

Transformation from Narcissus by Stuart Dybek

Down on his gills and fins

outside the fishing pond

as if swimming for redemption

for his life; between the hole

that punctured his side

and that hole that ripped a gill

my ex-fisherman boyfriend, Chino,

said he almost caught a fish

he never saw before;

it spitefully stared back at him

from a red-stained body of water.