The Fish

By Jennifer Blair

has a question mark snagged

in her lip. She has to breathe

and feed and kiss around it.


The glint used to unnerve her.

But now its gleam seems integral

to the landscape of her scraped face.


As she swims, she secretly wonders

how the flaw that almost tore her in two

keeps slowly turning, not to rust,

but signature.


Jenn Blair is from Yakima, WA. She has published in Kestrel, Copper Nickel, The Tusculum Review, Santa Fe Review, and has work forthcoming in New South, Rattle, and the Tulane Review. Her chapbook “All Things are Ordered” is out from Finishing Line Press. She teaches at the University of Georgia.

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