Signals

From the deep pool behind Bonneville dam
Where the vestigal sturgeon
Throng in a writhing mass
Comes a radio frequency that wakes
The slumping mental patients
As they circle my neighborhood block smoking,
Followed by their handlers.

One patient rants about the signal from the fish but he they humor him until he takes his nightly pills and the shift changes and the handlers go home.

Inside the river is where the message is strongest and strangest.
Onshore you have to be as wild as a feral cat to hear it.

I heard it once in a river canyon when my boat flipped and I nearly drowned in a foam sea of bright water, but i didn’t believe it.

I do now.

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