By | 1 August 2021

eels by the dozen stained questions,
shimmering mud deep in slime.

natural science ends this unknown lineage,
a deathbed world more abundant still alive.

new eels old lives as beetles
born of sea-foam or glass muscle.

any eel answer another eel question
a world war finally

here lie the great currents of their home
fluid and strange. with opened stomachs

the mature dusk of eels: quivering, watered
freshly writhing surges of wriggling.

what we wanted the eel
to be eludes

After “Where Do Eels Come From?” by Brooke Jarvis.

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