Oh, John. What you said. Life changing.
This new poem respectfully dedicated to John Stevens, who gave it life.
Apollo and Otter gave birth to a two-headed fish
in the sea as they emerged from the sea.
That sand is the mother, they thought—
which left four eyes to shine above the tide’s
high water mark—two mouths to feed.
A perch, Apollo called it. A sea perch.
But there are two fishes here, Otter said.
There must be two souls as well.
Look at us, said Apollo. No divisions here,
just a fable or a parable or something—
something that ties my soul to yours.
Otter, you held my breath to help me swim.
You hold me still, for I am the mighty Apollo.
What a strange sun this water brings to shore.