From the ridge of one coulee
to the ridge of one cross`river
two old Colville elders hand`talk
the news of when the sockeye
begin their move up`stream

reservation constrained
communicationally free!


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Hand`Talk

  1. So when you go fishing you are really fishing for sublime poetry.

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    • You’re a very clever girl! When I go fishing everything shuts down; I don’t think of the chaos of the world nor do I think of words sticking together with the intent of forming a simple line. I may bring a simple image home like the above, but mostly I bring home a boat`load of fish. When I sit down to write again it’s remarkable how clearly the water flows . . . Thanks for the nice comment . . .

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      • Norman Maclean, Daniel James Duncan… So it’s a nice synchronicity that fishermen make good poets, or poets make good fishermen. A line here, a line there.

        We just had wild sockeye for our 4th bbq yesterday, but I’m sure it didn’t compare to your fresh boatload!

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  2. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    It’s nice to have you and your poetry back, Peter! Thanks for the glimpse into the ways of fishermen. I hope your time away was relaxing and filled with fish.


    • Thank you, Cheryl. Yes, the trip was a great adventure and we brought back a boatload of fat fish! Some great eating ahead . . . The area we fish is full of great imagery: I just try to soak it all in. I see from your posts you’ve been busy reading and writing . . . Hope you’ve had a nice Fourth

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