Lorelei Bacht

pond / reflecting (1)

pond / reflecting /
the red eye of the morning sun / this
is now / is elation /

is a meaning made
birds ablaze / is a place for orange
increments /

hear our call to green /

those who escape

pitch dark /

with limb numbers the same /
gather here / rejoice / rejoice.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (4)

pond / reflecting / a web of branches /

tireless work of water boatmen /
on oily surfaces /

to catch / to consume / to catch / consume /

they will be here all day /

provided that /                fish /
                                        keep to themselves /

                                        it is not their intent to do so /

                                        fish / must / catch to consume.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (7)

pond / reflecting /

delicate dances of mayflies /

we do die /                  but provide a parenthesis /

for the time being we avoid brutality /

weightlessness /

is an armour / is an incantation /

air resplendent / air replete with our simple intent /

to make /            more /            mayfly.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (10)

pond / reflecting / nothing

tonight /

night moonless / a dark monochrome /

fish-bait hiding within
the sleep of fish /

in layers congealed /
water slabs immobile /

a wait             a wait             a wait /

we do not measure time /

but believe it passing /

hence our wait for / dawn.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (12)

pond / reflecting /

slow /               low /            walking /                    shelled silence /
of masked turtle /                knee-deep in silt /      mud /

the decaying of yesterdays / of old
reed / old
fish /

old / another word for / young / for new /

living in offers of minuscules /

we make small / big /

we make dead / living.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (13)

violence gotten and given /
caught / catching / eating and eaten /

we / form collective / form ensemble /

shapes swapped endless /

shaped ensemble / form collective /
catching / caught / endless / swapped /

ensemble gotten caught catching.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (17)

pond / reflecting /

a tall blue heron /

i am    everything          i see /
           everything          i hear /

my multiple forms /

me   as a frog /
me   as a snail /
me   as larva /

me tadpole /

me twigs tangled into the nest of
me / feeding young vulnerable

me in-to large capable me /

hunter onto me.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (19)

pond / reflecting /

transient pokes /                                        air
harvested at the surface /

need                 air /
need                 more /              air /

to cover the body before we dive /

we use              strategies /
                         a hairy leg /
                         a tube /
                         a hook /
                         inner and outer storage /

insects harvesting air /

a stratagem / a home /

a patient bubble.

_ _ _ _ _

pond / reflecting (27)

pond / reflecting /
scents of the air we swallow
whole / my mouth

a circle newborn /
a hunger for the surface /

i build a body with whatever life
is found there / life
of larvae / life
of flies /

i grow them into        a backbone /
                                  a dorsal fin /
                                  an eye /for hunting
                                  more.

pond / reflecting (29)

pond / reflecting /

a bloated fish in dresses violet / a

fall / an accident / nobody’s
fault / an incident

devoid of meaning /

when i live /       i live /
when i die /        i die      but live on
                           as fungus / worm / and firefly /

we do not cry     over dead fish /
                           gut spilled /

                           into new chances.

Lorelei Bacht enjoys tinkering with words. Sometimes, beauty happens. Some recent / upcoming work in Harpy Hybrid Review, Beir Bua, Backslash Lit, Sinking City, Mercurius, The Selkie, Abridged and elsewhere. Also on Twitter: @bachtlorelei and on Instagram: @lorelei.bacht.writer

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