At night, through the screen door,
I hear the fish jump,
splashing back into the water like fat stones.
They are tiny astronauts,
leaving their world for a moment
to glimpse our dreams.
Michael Oakes recently moved to Tampa, FL to achieve his family’s dream of living on the water. Recently a mullet was surprised, for after leaping from the water he found himself wriggling in a small boat with Michael, his wife, and his 10-year-old son. After much screaming and panic by all, Michael was able to wrestle the 18-inch fish back into the ocean. While Michael enjoys writing in his free time, the fish enjoys telling cautionary tales of his strange encounter to any who will listen.
Willy Conley, a former biomedical photographer, has photos featured in the books Listening Through the Bone, The Deaf Heart, No Walls of Stone, and Deaf World. Other publications: American Photographer, Arkansas Review, Baltimore Sun, Carolina Quarterly, Big Muddy, Folio, and 34th Parallel. Conley’s chapbook of poems, The World of White Water, features a front cover photo of his recently published by Kelsay Books. He is a retired professor of theatre and dance at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.