abalone fishing

by Ed Higgins

abalone fishing

after several beers this woman told me once

(when I was maybe 15)

while we were waist deep

in cold Pacific tidewater

having a baby was

           (well) like shitting a football

whoa (I said), noooooo shit!!

amazed, as I slid my pry bar carefully 

under an abalone foot 

as close to the encrusted rock as 

possible, so as not to injure 

the vulnerable creature which 

has no blood clotting capabilities

which experiences no surprise

lifting it slowly to pop loose.