(Original post by Cinnabar)
Simply delectable use of imagery in this! I love all the sly fish/ing references slipped in: netted, ghillied, fin.
It feels almost ritualistic, like a kind of sending off ceremony...or may be that's just me
I also really like the alliterative 'Ghillied from gullet to gastric skagerråk', it's very guttural and swallowy.
It mirrors nicely the 'Pale pips pop as juice drip drops' at the beginning and alludes to the last journey that salmon make to spawn.
Though, I must admit my ignorance of the meaning of skagerråk - it sounds icy and deep, like a Norwegian fjord.
P.S. I highlighted the tastiest morsels
but the whole poem is flawless and really shows how much depth can be packed into so few words.