How Do You Sex a Goldfish
I Googled for evidence —
males thinner & longer, hard abdomen
vs soft, symmetric vs off-center,
recessed vs swollen vent.
For three hours it gulped & gasped —
I watched its gills flare
beside the bubbler I installed too late.
Maybe it died of loneliness.
A thousand years ago in China, Wiki says,
goldfish were domesticated —
captive in ponds & bred
raised to be fed to jailers.
Were I willing,
had I the sharpest blade,
I could fillet cartilage from bone,
organ from biddable flesh.
I fished it out with an iced tea spoon
I dug from my garden. In the toilet
next to the polluted tank
I flushed what was left.