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Sirens’ Songs

It’s in February when snowed`in the world iced`up in the awful storm the old man hears the songs of seas old poets sang It’s in a cannot that a man must to will winter out hone his dull hook replenish … Continue reading

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On Language

For years I have fished one great river beached the boat along its shore seeing signs of bears of bucks on the beach there for a drink of quenching water amid wasteland sage & thistle sandstone For years I have … Continue reading

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River`Song

The river sings as it winds its way thru the coulee You say it’s just the wind But I say it is the water as the boat drifts on currents Beneath us a sturgeon moans harmony with a walleye as … Continue reading

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A Time of Grief and Loss

My Friends, The past week has been a difficult time on many fronts. For the nation a time of violence, escalating anger and frustration; for groups and individuals a time of fear and confusion; for me personally a time of grief and … Continue reading

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The Fisherman

A fisherman sits in his boat silently considers unfathomable water while a dragonfly nods on the eye of his tall rod Monofilament ties one mystery to another   What he is not able to see to what he has no need … Continue reading

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On Living

We move fish under water against the resistance that is time itself fleetingly At dawn in water like glass we’ll break the surface fly like silver birds after gnats At dusk in water like smoke where dragonflies float we’ll roil … Continue reading

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The Coyote

The coyote no longer races along the fence`line in fields of winter`wheat the doe & her fawns have abandoned the hill`sides The ospreys have all forsaken circling over the river in quest for today’s feast and the golden`eagles have surrendered … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Once again the siren song of the fisher`man calls across the pass from the big river come my friend wet your keel Cast your line into deep waters cold as snow`melt where wild steelhead still run in currents carving the … Continue reading

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Along the Road: Day Nineteen

Along the road came the fisherman no fly`rod in his hands no creel slung at his side but beside every stream he’d dangle his legs over the bank The fish found his toes a curiosity   they’d swim between his legs … Continue reading

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Fresh Line

The lines of the times are all snarled the social reels gone bird`nests in twists loops naughty knots A fisherman can’t fish but sits for an hour in untangling the untanglable before giving up to chop the nest out start … Continue reading

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Summer`Drift

A solitary monarch butterfly landed on the tip of my rod a frequent perch in summer for the lacy blue dragonflies frequenting the coulee`basin where the river stacks up on a dam the deep water churning in giant whirlpools bending … Continue reading

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Fishing in Fire

The sun hangs a red ball in the early August sky filtered through wood ash It’s just one shade paler than the bloody moon filled the sky last night A breath’s hard to catch out on stagnant water tastes of … Continue reading

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