Un hook kindly

grace is the skill you train your life to have.
to touch a hook on a floundering fish and without causing more pain
softly disengage your venom.
the fish flounders as you pull the hook and then…it flounders once more just for old time sake
and then it lay resting…tired and free –

unaware you ever had the hook in them

but you are graceful
you know
a floundering fish in your vicinity
is more times than not
hooked to you for some karmic reason and the game.
the 50 year game
is to find the hook that stops the floundering.
and free them
and yourself
in order to reintroduce yourselves anew