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Cheryl Pearson lives and writes in Manchester. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Guardian, Envoi, and Crannog magazine. She won first prize in the High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2016, and third prize in Bare Fiction Magazine’s national poetry competition. Her first full collection, Oysterlight, is forthcoming with Pindrop Press in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Lluvia de Peces

 

 

You’ll speak of it for years: 
the day the fish fell, like stars or prayers, 

a finned rain filling the sky with silver.
You’ll say phenomenon. Say miracle. Say 

fish out of water, which is how you felt
with your two feet sharing the same firmament.

Rainbows carving the air.
You never knew how many plates 

held skydrowned bones that night,
could only guess from the smell 

that swam through empty streets —
fat and seaspit greased with butter,

dressed with twists of lemon, salt — as though
each asphalt-dented swimmer

had risen from insult on a tide of steam
to breast again that current up

to cloud and star. Glutted with light.
Gravel-scarred. And in the air,

a hundred wakes as bright as comet-tails.
And on your hands, a scattering of scales.

 

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