The fish line pulled heavily as a dog
dragging front paws first.
A gray creature emerged,
wide head, bulging eyes.
Its long, freckled tail twirled,
a risen flag over the depths
I worked it free of the foreign wind,
my questions afloat beside me.
Needle-tipped canines clicked
against my pliers.
How odd then, returning to shore
empty handed, to feel myself
in the kingdom of the peculiar.
“Wolf Eel” appeared in Tidepools and it won its first place poetry prize in 2008.
Timothy Roos grew up in western Washington, and has lived in central Washington, southern California, and on the Olympic Peninsula, where he and his wife raised two children. He works as a special education teacher in Port Angeles, pursues wildlife photography and fishing, and travels the Western states. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Raven Chronicles, Pontoon, Poetry East, Soundings Review, Plainsongs, Dandelion Farm Review, and Tidepools.