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Caught, hooked

 

by Gregory E. Lucas

 

 

Caught, hooked, half-man half-trout, in dreams he flails

his arms as they change to fins and his cheeks grow gills.

He tries to wake, but on and on, he wails.

 

His human guts twist, turn to fish entrails

as the bedroom’s blinds bang and the night’s wind chills.

Caught, hooked, half-fish, what can he do but flail

 

his horrid body covered with slimy scales

while the air he breathes above a stream slowly kills

him? He tries to wake but can’t, and he wails

 

because there’s no escape.  All efforts fail

to break the line, to dislodge the barb, so still

he’s caught, hooked—part-man, part-trout— and he flails

 

his fetid monstrous limbs to no avail.

Dry leaves scuttle across the windowsill.

He tries to wake again; again, he wails.

 

Soon to be tossed into an icy pail,

he glimpses the waning sun above a hill.

Caught, hooked, half-man, half-trout, in dreams he flails

his tail. He cannot wake. All night long he wails.

 

 

 

Gregory E. Lucas has had short stories and poems published in past issues of Yellow Mama. His short stories and poems have also appeared in magazines such as The Ekphrastic Review, The Horror Zine, and Dark Dossier.

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