A Fish Story

Written by: julie heckman

some excuses are valid
	luckily, I had two pictures
of the seven hundred, fifty pound
	Blue Marlin I caught on
a trip to Mazatlan 

it took four of us, five hours
	to bring it in but now
I feel nothing but eternal guilt
	and remorse for executing
such a beautiful creature
even if it is essentially
	the fisherman’s dream 
the notion of stuffing it 
	or taking it home never
passed my mind 

it would have looked ridiculous
	in my small one bedroom
apartment, the fish was eleven 
	feet long for God's sake!