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Moving in Tandem by Richard Fein
published in Volume 9, Issue 1 on March 1st, 2002

a school of fish;
each one sensing
the feather-pressure caused
by even the minutest of one another's movements,
then responding, creating
an undulating choreography of silver streamers
that skirt, dazzle, and frustrate
any outsider who would knife into their midst,
then regrouping and resuming the linear harmony,
we two
also move forward.

We both possess a kind of lateral line
embedded in our skins.
We sense the slightest waver of mood,
and we know when to approach
and when to veer apart,
Our movements have such a synchrony
that any onlooker is deceived
that he is beholding
a tandem traveling of great liquidity.

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