Bottom Dwelling

The bottom
of this lake
is a house
of gray—

made so
by the flick
of the fish’s
tail

after he chooses
to rise
to the agony
of color

writhing
inches below
the kaleidic
surface.

And the gray
is cold
and constant—
secure

where we
choose to stay
with the memory
of our

bright joys
and never
dare flick
our own tails

to rise above
the pregnant
shroud
of mud

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the North Woods of Minnesota and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. He is the author of five books of poetry, notably Disordinary Light, and most recently Eumaeus Tends, based on the few lines of The Odyssey that are axial to our understanding of the power and complexities of love. A new book, a new experiment, Selenity Book Four appeared in February, 2017. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.