The Calculus of Trout

Marilee Swirczek

The important part

of things is simplicity—

like the flight upstream,

like the black fish eye.

Despite the turbulence

of water falling

or the bloody froth of gills,

simplicity settles

for the quiet pool,

the nest of round pebbles.

Even in the vicious curve

of jaw, the throe of spine and fin,

there is the fine equation

of reduction.