“Name Me After a Fish” by Leah MacLean-Evans
from the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet
“If this breaks you die.”
Goldeye or Cichlid
silver and smooth and genderless, make me
as an alien, forget
the rules, name me
Corydoras of two halves, name me Coelacanth
name me Plecostromus
name me Trout
name me Catfish
let them imagine my genitals as smooth
tough skin, not think to touch them.
Say, let me introduce Pickerel.
Say, have you met my friend Haddock.
Say, this is my daughter Herring.
And I will breathe water in and through me,
swim flicking in the slip
Winner of the 2018 National Broadsheet Contest from the League of Canadian Poets