FISH FARMER
by Colin Bassett


takes the bus to work
where work is a fish farm.

separates dead fish
from fish scared of dead fish.

monitors piles of what
scared fish are scared of.

reads baudrillard and
feels like lifeguard
after dead swimmers
cause unemployment
and despair.

listens to other fish farmers
talk about baudrillard.

thinks about the loss
of the reel,
about never taking the bus
anywhere,
only following it places
where the bus could
be taken

and tapping inside
of windshield
with forehead
unsure about piling
so many dead fish
in one place
where scared fish are made to
feel like dead swimmers.

causes own eventual unemployment
and despair.