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The Lake

Sharing Stories

Arvol fishing.

“The Lake”

(for my late father)

Stiff wind, skate across the lake

time to wet a line…

Fingers, once nimble,

tasks once simple

now betray the angler’s mind.

Trolling slow, through the wake,

White caps, choppy might

tosses bobbing boat, still afloat—

safe, from morn to night.

Cast away, through fog or gale…

sunshine’s day divine.

Attention to surface tension,

the while, o’ how flies time.

Growing cold, rain pelts down,

gray lake, clouds doth make.

Darker, grows the pond, now forever bond

with angler, and his take.

Fishing, so like the sunset

passes, all too Swift.*

Sinking horizon, keep your eyes on

the catch that is the fish.

*a reference to Swift Reservoir on the Lewis River

Gregory E. Zschomler, author of more than a dozen books, and his wife own Harbor Books in Aberdeen, Washington.

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