Afterwards

I hook my fingers

through the salmon’s mouth

cut my soft skin

on its small sharp teeth

slide the fish

into the water

to wash away the sand

to clean away the blood

it moves in the current

as if it were still

alive   swimming

strong   sure

I pull its body

stiff    still

out of the water

place it on the grass

and I look out

into the dark green water

and I throw away

heavy    red

my stone

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