Catch and Release In an Uncertain World
When all else fails, write a poem....
LOVE AT THE SEAM
A ghost in the window of a chastened team
She lay like a thumbprint from a feverish dream
A quivering wet hole hung on a fin
The mete of a river and its homonym
But I at daybreak with hook and feather
Came rubber panting across crackling heather
Home to Lethe in spate on a tear
A solitary hole between the bank of my ears
I strung my bow an enamored blue
A pimp on a leash, I thought of you
A flick of the wrist, a wanton wish
A faith, a flower, a secret dish
But never a rise, not even a show
So crimson was knotted and sent below
Not calling on lust but a fisher’s attempt
To splint the broke ridgepole of love’s broke tent
My rod hand surged and I swear I saw spark
River skin convulsed as a thing rose from the dark
Then within a stab of lonely breath, a fin opposed to thumbs
A gill for a man agasp on a lung in a dumb struck world of tongues
The water unglued and there she hung, a bruise in a dangerous sky
A wet backed beast in a double backed bed in the wink of a lidless eye
A frenzied knot of choate light vamped before me like a flag
A parabolic slab of passion wrung me like a rag
And as it must the rent came due
Ardor's spent, the muddy shoes
Pronged on steel and eyes agog
A portrait of a tadpole my land wrecked frog
So where water seamed the river rocks I dug my gloomy hole
Xeric merman on his knees, the parchment of his soul
See him part the thirsty sand and interrupt the flow
Put and take the busted love, a love he’ll never know
So tell me how a fissureman’s to reckon split division
Between thump of zeal in wicker creel and love’s hallucination
Take care you men who chase your love with rod and reel and hook
A hole in a river, a straw-stuffed heart, a pollywog pressed in a book
Well done lad,,,well done.
"A parabolic slab of passion wrung me like a rag" This I particularly like.
Nice to see a fine poem posted from tome to time.
Thanks for cheering up my morning.
Professional Salmon Chaser since 1988!!!
"Well, this is called patience by those who don't know. But it is nothing at all like patience. It is hope, undying, unquenchable, the heart and soul of salmon fishing".
Letters to a Salmon Fisher's Sons
A work of art marketic! Each time I read, it reveals something new just like the pursuit itself.
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