College Pamphlets

I feel like a fish
fish mouth opening and shutting
fish gills opening and shutting
fish scales glinting and darkening
before my fish mouth
dangle hooks, enticing worms
wriggling on the metal through their guts
pick me, pick me, pick me
they screech in tiny worm voices
I float, indecisive, fish eyes blinking
fish eyes focused on the worms,
the hooks ,the college pamphlets
bright shiny photographs on thick paper
promises of future stability
just an advertisement – no way to truly know
pick me, pick me, pick me
they scream through the creamy paper
take the worm that’s offered
but with a worm there is always a hook
and this fish doesn’t know which to choose

Copyright 2020 Leona Petrovic

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