Remora (Latin for Delay), for Open Link Night

Remora (Latin for Delay)

My shark mother
flies me through the reeds,
up and out to where
the water is deeper
under me, under her.

I have found
a good place
to attach.

I don’t worry much.

We have errands today.
She is hunting, will pass me
the pieces she doesn’t need.
It will be some kind of fish;
I don’t need to know
how to name it.

Everything used to be someone,
and anyway, names tell lies.



For Open Link Night at dVerse Poets.


6 thoughts on “Remora (Latin for Delay), for Open Link Night

    • Thank you! I had the first line in mind and thought the speaker might be a remora, so I did a little research. It’s really interesting, how they were blamed for delaying ships and for defeating various Roman emperors and dignitaries.

    • Thank you! I wanted the relationship to be a little ambiguous because in real life, while the remora gains food and protection and doesn’t hurt the shark, it’s not clear what, if anything, the shark gets in return. So I didn’t want the poem to get too much into the shark’s emotions. I like a persona poem from time to time!

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