Fish

By Gerhard Falkner

Translation Mark Anderson

whoever sees me
the way I throw fish
about me
with what a strong
snapping gesture
they bite the air
whoever sees
how these fish
offer their
suddenness
in flight
how their gills
appear to fight
over monsters
that resemble words,
that person will think to himself:
ha! yet another one
who throws fish about
because he´s short, alone,
forsaken, cruel and nuts to boot!