after a photo by Robin Chase

She can’t find the knife.
She has looked everywhere.
She begins to feel uneasy.

They are laying ready
to be gutted, deboned,
butterflied for the evening rush.

Gills unbreathed.
Shiny button eyes.
Slimy, briny silverbacks.

The busboy takes a photo.
He is taking a night class.
Wants to be a fashion photographer.

Someone orders the bouillabaisse.
The knife must be found.
She bites the head off.

Sardines by Marcia LeBeau based on a photo by Robin Chase

Photo by Robin Chase

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About Author


Marcia LeBeau has been published or has work forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, Moon City Review, Rattle, SLANT, and others. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ creative writing program and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times. Marcia, along with her husband, Lee Seidenberg, is the co-founder of The Rectangle Studio and Gallery in Orange,NJ

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