San Gerardo and the Exocoetidae

By Gerald Galindez
Poetry

Flying fish without a dying wish,
12345678How you glimmer, shimmer.
12345678Pearly scales set ablaze upon the sun,
12345678Against the sunburnt skies,
12345678Swooshing above the swelling waves
1234567812345678You caught my eyes to wander far and deep.
Flying fish,
you leave without a dying wish,
held my wonder of the sea,
1234567812345678the vast and deep eternal sea—
1234567812345678123456781234567812345678your eyes—
Flying fish.
Nimble fish.
You glide across the ocean wide
Brought me love, brought me joy
Ever since I was a boy
Of all the things I so enjoy,
Was your swift glide—
12345678Your smooth and graceful dive,
He would point you in the sea line
I could barely track your flight.
He would let me see until I saw
Your crystal wings of awe

You held me in your silver fins
We dive the depths of trenches deep,
We reached the tides azure—
Where the sandy floors of powder white
Projects the dancing lights,

Flying fish,
My precious fish
My life, my friend,
Taught me how a life should end,
You hid your pains inside your scales so I could live
You let me swim, you let me breathe.

Your eyes—
Two keen orbs—
They reach the heart’s core
I’ve not spoken love to you—
123456781234567812345678Forever in debt to you—
Take your wings,
set sail
As I hear the ocean wail
her last ululating song—
123456781234567812345678golden coins for your journey long.

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