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The Fiji Mermaid

Spirit level: the line inside the bottle
where whiskey kisses air.
Barometer of this house,
it falls every day.

I surprised you in your room
with a needle and thread,
sewing the torso of a monkey
to the tail of a fish.
Embroidery: an operation
performed upon the truth.

Miranda Gaw is a writer and computer programmer living in Brooklyn, New York. She edits Peter Parasol (, an online magazine of poetry. Most recently, her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Kaleidotrope, Goblin Fruist (, and Cabinet des Frees (