An Easy Kind of Day by Alice Thomas

 

Water thrums against my craft

Reminds me of its deep voice

That’s like no other-

Splashing. Battering. Booming.

And this I’ve remembered for over forty years

Yet it still echoes across my bow

Smells like weeds rolled in sand

With fish-guts iridescent in the foam.

Meanwhile, my Shakespeare (rod and reel)

Scrapes against the bench its filament

Tangled in the troller, risen above the wake

And 4 o’clock seems to have quietly crept in

Sculling across my thoughts, as I check the sun’s coordinates

And now, the time of bloody fire has come

Aglow in a red-orange rage– arching behind the oaks

Screeching its tumble right down to course’s end

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