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by Susan Richardson

Lamna nasus

love being on the cusp of tooth
         love quickswim and squidding
love egging little finniness —
                  thousand egging

love best when frondling kelp
the overunder underover roll and oh
        the gilly tingle
not just skinridding     not just snailful
but wrap and tangle    tag and     tug
              all feely with it
love sillying the timbers
love snouting the floaters till they pop

better than sexscar
better than whiffs of flitting sleep
and better than their onesome funning —
the rippy throat                   the         longlongstrung
then gutgash when they fin we out
      in    thrash     of unsea above