Modern Family Diaspora

Tonya McKenna Trabant

Like having way too many beautiful fish to fillet
each time knowing the knife
is at the right angle
to avoid bones and save flesh
Imagine a clean, smooth line
each fish perfectly respected
each time finishing with a painfully jagged fillet
We just have to start over
sharpen the blade
reset the knife just behind
the gills but not into the rich red flesh
we’ll get it, this arriving, that leaving
with practice we won’t rip the skin
and think of giving up fishing entirely
with practice, maybe it won’t be like today, 
like every departure is our very first fish
Perhaps with practice
we’ll get accustomed to the knife.

 

 
 
 Tonya McKenna Trabant

Tonya McKenna Trabant

Tonya McKenna Trabant is educator, coach and poet currently living in Opunake, New Zealand, for 2018. Her U.S. address is in north central Wisconsin where she makes life with a partner, two children, various pets, and a swimmable lake. Tonya grew up in the wake of Mt. Denali in Interior Alaska.

 

 

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