A Waiting Room Goldfish Observes

Everyone is made of water and skin—

not everyone has the same ratio of water to skin.

Some people are aquariums with glass veins full


of betas and goldfish and the betas are always

trying to eat the goldfish.


Some people’s insides aren’t bothered

by the gravitational pull

so their water is just sort of

            floating around—


I’ve heard people can flood like houses do,

have to get spackled shut,

but I’ve never seen that and I’m glad for it:


People chipping glass-tank skulls

spurting water all over the house.