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Known by Bone: Ode to the Coelacanth

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Unguarded apertures
make its mind sea-wide—
rostral organ detecting

electricity in poor light
acclimatized eyes note
blue shifts within—

night hunt in a down-
swell, trimming
fleshy fins (eight of them)

to drift true, a coelacanth,
armored in cosmoid scales
tube-hearted/spine hollowed

brimmed with oil,
jaws unhinged—
absent maxilla—

Lazarus taxon
seen standing (time) on its head
this collage of a fish

shadows our current
seas with a once then
known only by bone