On Writing

Poem 145 – Stonefish & The Joy of Editing

Synaceai verracosa

Completely camouflaged among coral & reef
this aqua monster waits
with thirteen spines each chunk a precise needle
nestled between sacks of lethal venom
all it takes is a little pressure for the poison to release

A murderer?
A sadist?
Nay, an ambush predator born to protect its gnarly self

What is the lesson here?
Tread lightly in shallow waters of the Red Sea?
Too much pressure on a things causes venomous release?
Self protection is a death trap? 

Yesterday I was camouflaged as a mother
my spine rigid with worry
slick with self-protection
my stonefish tendencies bloated in the afternoon heat
luckily there was no pressure but my own
to return to my true self: writer

A murderer? Perhaps
A sadist? Potentially
When the page pushes down
I am water
I am coral
I am stonefish

Research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8yJkIuvPvM

Thank you Montgomery, for bringing the stonefish to my attention!


Reading & Discussion with Vanessa Shields and Editor/Poet Abigail Roelens about the writer/editor relationship and all its joys! *INCLUDES GIVEAWAYS & Q&A!
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Thimbles: the Joy of Editing
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORzI_8mcTxyeaWHISQhbjA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for a grant for this event!

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