Fishing in Winter
A man staring at a small lake sees His father cast light line out over The willows. He's forgotten his Father has been dead for two years And the lake is where a blue fog Rolls, and the sky could be, if it Were black or blue or white, The backdrop of all attention. He wades out to join the father, Following where the good strikes Seem to lead. It's cold. The shape Breath takes on a cold day is like Anything else — a rise on a small lake, The Oklahoma hills, blue scrub — A shape already inside a shape, Two songs, two breaths on the water.
From Us, by Ralph Burns, published by Cleveland State University Press. Copyright © 1983. All rights reserved. Used with permission.