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Eating the Past

By Barbara Sweeney

Rainbow snake, the trout coils
around my plate.
Peel back the papery skin:
lift the cloudy plan of a head
with its eyes like rain.
Pull out the ancient
familiar skeleton.

The fish is friendly
with its pink flesh, frightening
with its bending mesh of clear-cut
beginnings and ends.
This morning, history blends
with tarragon, lemon and cream.
And it swims.