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Do Fish Sniff? Dec. 27, 2023

as I introduced three new koi

into my city of goldfish  

I noticed one of mine drift closer


at first   nonchalant   like we would

eyes looking away   the sideways sniff

the I-can’t-show-you-I’m-interested whiff


then a bolder nose-point

gills showing a deeper inhale

vision now locked on target


lastly    the canine’s move

magnetically   to the orifices

a hair’s breadth from contact


after that    a free for all

when everyone moves into

everyone else’s personal space


and as they swam off

I imagined the ladies

firing questions about diet


you know    the usual gossip

between new fins


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