River/Vein/Fish/Heart

The heart beats in a fish as it does in humans.

The muscle that lets us toss the line

also keeps the fish alive.

The river has a pulse, but no heart.

The fish doesn’t mind.

Neither do we.

The goal is to work with the pulse

and overcome the fish’s beating heart,

tugging at each opportunity to stay

living, breathing, staring, ugly.

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