Thomas Lux
Remora, Remora

Clinging to the shark 

(or sometimes to submarine, buoy, seaturtle)

is a sucker shark,

attached to which

and feeding off its crumbs

is one still tinier,

inch or two,

and on top of that one

one the size of a nick of gauze;

smaller and smaller

(moron, idiot, imbecile, nincompoop)

until on top of that

is the last, a micro-dot sucker shark

a filament's tip sliced off, a mote

with a heartbeat, and the great sea

all around feeding

his host and thus him.

He's too small

to be eaten himself

(but by accident: some things swim

with open mouths)

so he just rides along in the blue current,

the invisible tip of the pyramid,

the top beneath all else. 

Found In Volume 26, No. 03
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About the Author
Thomas Lux is the author of more than a dozen books of verse, including The Cradle Place (2004), The Street of Clocks (2001), and New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995 (1997).  He has taught widely and has recieved numerous prizes and fellowships.