lagoon #30

desiccation has occurred
overnight

the plump
water-fat fish bodies
have sagged and shriveled

and the waterhole
this strangely fascinating study
of heat and time
and detached involvement
has shrunk with them
since yesterday

it is no more
now
than a muddy bog

a death hallow
with disturbing shapes
suspended in ghost branches
and a handful of pathetic corpses
abandoned and half buried
in the wake
of a no longer existent waterline

the lone ibis
stalking the remnants
of this distressed summer
can have no further reason
to return


© Frank Prem, 2006

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