Study: Lapointe Fish

Blood changes colour
as fingers ease over

pale and pink,
tips rounded
and brilliant
in accumulation.

Whiting have nothing
but guts, not even
bones to speak of.
Prying fingers impale
the skin easily,
body-length brains
ease out
for under a buck
a pound.

There are the other
fish, of course.
Glaring pink and perfect
white disposable

Customer! Customer!
Red lights change
as they stand
until closing.
We throw water
to get the corners
not caring
about soles of leather
or soles with holes.

Ottawa, Byward Market, 1984.

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