Machine 2

The way something you did once or twice
in your youth might suddenly become
something you did habitually back then.
It was the sandy beach at noon
that did it: made this thought
turn on itself like a corkscrewing porcupine
through a net of whales.
My dog follows me through the house
like a glassblower stuck on bubble gum
and I love her for it for some reason.
Maybe each time I sprinkle feed flakes
into my fish tank it is summoning the spirits
of men who were taken by sharks
before even the thought of sinking to the deep and being eaten
caught up to them.


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James Grinwis's second collection, Exhibit of Forking Paths, came out in fall 2011 from Coffee House Press. He is founding editor of Bateau and lives in Florence, MA.