Decorum

To eat from a platter of whole fish, head intact,
we are told never to flip it over.

Instead, after loosing all flesh
from one side, take hold of the tail

and lift the exposed undergirding of bones,
then snap it clean at the base of the head.

Fortune supposedly smiles at the one who can work
with industry and restraint to dissect

the layers of a gift, who honors all things that once
suspended, fragile as a leaf on the crest of a wave.

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