The River Doctor

A gull dips to river water
& excretes a downwards
pressure [concentric dib
& waft across tensioning
surfaces] whilst fat tench
cure pike of palsy [a fact]
in their opposite place/ I
sit on wet grass as aliens
rub together – an ease of
maladies by their science
of unknowns – hoping for
that tench to rouse to me
& my smothering malaise