Heimlich Manoeuvring

We thought he was joking,
Pounding his chest with his fist.
I only believed he was choking
When he seizedmywrist.

We whacked him and cracked him and patted his back,
And hugged him and tugged him until he went slack.

Desperately I dialled 911
And after my screaming the woman replied,
Please just stay calm, we’re sending someone,
And while I hung on, his throat was still tied.

So we
waited and watched
as he
flailed his fins,
smacked his lips
thrashed and flopped,
then stared,
with eyes like icy pins
at us,
and in a moment,


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