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Maine Morning, Age 5

by Cassie Pruyn

Through my bedroom window,
I spot a peach-colored fish
stuck between stones in the old stonewall.
I imagine she’s been beached,

but once I slap through the screened door,
leaping past the snakes’ rustle,
I find it’s just another rock torn
by a farmer’s plunging knuckles

from the landscape’s lap,
and propped atop the assemblage.
No longer a she, it’s a dead fact.
But why is it pinkish-orange?

Bleached by years of sun, I think,
and further bleached by ice.
Grooved with fins of rain, I think.
Mistaken nearly twice.


Cassie Pruyn is a New Orleans–based poet born and raised in Portland, Maine. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She was a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and a finalist in the 2013 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize. Her poems can be found in The Double Dealer. (11/2014)

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