Haiku Death Match — Fish

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fly buzzes in sky
whipping back and forth above
dancing on the line

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big ol’ fat salmon
leaping high and breathing hard
in familiar streams

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heron hunts minnows
in the tall salt marsh grasses
sunset paints him pink

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the well-schooled tuna
tack across the swift current
ships in battle line

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delicate hot pink
wrapped in pearlescent whiteness
and thin strip of green

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silence at table:
“I think you have two sevens”
No? I’ll draw a card.

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nets nearly bursting
on the wrong side of the boat
and man on the shore.

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South Street Seaport blues:
the fish market’s been replaced
by these retail traps

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invisible line
wobbles toward infinity
above the water

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ancient red-cap carp
swimming in the palace pond
dreaming he’s Basho.

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