Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

PORPOISE, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Every year, when we're fly-fishing for tarpon
Last Line: They alter the universe.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Dolphins; Porpoises

Every year, when we're fly-fishing for tarpon
off Key West, Guy insists that porpoises
are good luck. But it's not so banal
as catching more fish or having a fashion
model fall out of the sky lightly on your head,
or at your feet depending on certain
preferences. It's what porpoises do to the ocean.
You see a school making love off Boca Grande,
the baby with his question mark staring
at us a few feet from the boat.
Porpoises dance for as long as they live.
You can do nothing for them.
They alter the universe.

Discover our Poem Explanations and Poet Analyses!

Other Poems of Interest...

Home: PoetryExplorer.net