pulled from styrofoam

ice packed box

held by gill and jaw

placed on block,

silver scale shimmer,

black handled long blade

removes head,

short blade stabbed in

then drawn down spine,

snick of bone following line,

pale orange flesh revealed,

flaky flesh

when steamed or baked,

fillet laid on ice,

ready for critical consumer eye

valuing it’s worth for evening

meal,

another fillet from opposite

side scissor trimming leftover

bony flesh packaged for stock

making,

anodyne muzak playing

dulling sensation

repetition takes over,

one box merges to another,

voracious feeders hunger

for more,

buying fillets broken down

into portions skinned and

boned,

light relief with colleagues

banter and play,

washing hands ,

hours pass,

time for a coffee

and reflect that you have

fed so many.

 

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Comments
  1. brian miller says:

    those are the hidden perks you know…the satisfaction that what you did gets passed down the line…and feeding the masses is a pretty cool one you know…nice job with all the details of the work of cleaning and cooking the fish man…

  2. claudia says:

    ha nice…somehow the whole process of choosing and cooking fish, then enjoying it with friends or fam has sth. very special..love the images here

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