6.22.2009

Writing Instructions

Writing Instructions
For John


"How do you do", he whispers in his mind.
"Take it a little further" he murmurs
"beyond this dry afternoon, the layers of cliff light"
gray root eyes stern in his pitch thick bush of hair.

Amid the squeaks, twitters and rattles,
the plunking sound of jumping fish,
drifting chatter of lunchers down the lake
and buzz of diving flies,
a fish strikes, bites the meat.

"When I was a child, I fished
watched them just below the surfacestrike."

For a moment only the wind,
winding its way through the tops of the trees,
makes a sound.

"Shake out a beginning, middle and end".

The boy catches his first fish,
grabs the struggling creature into his world,
his too bright light.
Its tiny teeth sink into his hand;
catch his surprise in the inverted wilderness of water.

"Fishing the lake means seeing it from all sides"
the boy says, smiling around his teeth.


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