Bottom Dwelling

The bottom
of this lake
is a house
of gray—

made so
by the flick
of the fish’s

after he chooses
to rise
to the agony
of color

inches below
the kaleidic

And the gray
is cold
and constant—

where we
choose to stay
with the memory
of our

bright joys
and never
dare flick
our own tails

to rise above
the pregnant
of mud

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Sederstrom is the author of eight books of poetry, his latest book, The Dun Book, published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc, was released last fall. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.