On Practice

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Becca Schlaff

See the fisherman
on the shore casting
casting and recasting
his line in generous loops
til the arcs pile one on another
stacked up like ribbons in the air
and all the line he needs is out
How with his wrist he lets
the coil unfold sending
the fly most casually
as if by God’s hand

“You see, even to look at a star
requires some small earthly base,
for confidence can only come from confidence,
everything done well is something done again . . .” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


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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7 Responses to On Practice

  1. That painting goes so well with your words, and with Rilke’s!


  2. Pingback: On Practice — Gathering Stones Strung on Threads – The Yolk Will Flow

  3. …and yours is a fine eye,” indeed


  4. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” —Pablo Picasso


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