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Ice Fishing

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jbowie
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0 posted 03-29-2000 11:45 PM       View Profile for jbowie   Email jbowie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jbowie

The old man winces slightly in response
to an unrelenting arthritic stiffness that
at night, settles into his joints like
ravenous worms burrowing deeply, seeking
the succulent core of a rotting apple

I response to the undulating waves
of pain, his face gravely contorts, creating
deep frown lines that look as permanent
as river valleys carved in the granite bedrock
by eons of powerfully coursing water

Then as if by some unseen smoothing hand
his features relax as he turns to his wife
who is as beautiful to him as the day
he first saw her playfully tossing a stick
to an aging chocolate labrador retriever

Whistling softly so as not to wake his wife
he summons his bounding young pup Charlie
from his piles of quilt bedding on the floor
patting him affectionately before turning to
grasp his wool lined winter coveralls

Drawing on a pair of aged leather boots, he
gathers his bucket of shiners and an old
railroad pry bar he will use to break the thin
coating of ice that would have formed over
his fishing holes during the long winter night

Pulling open the door, his arthritic pains now
becoming just a dim memory, he shuffles out onto
the ice after his playful pup Charlie, both excitedly anticipating the first of many fish to be
caught on this beautifully clear morning

[This message has been edited by jbowie (edited 03-29-2000).]
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Nan
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1 posted 03-30-2000 07:41 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You make winter sound "almost" appealing, james... I'll just keep on viewing it through your eyes...hehe..

"like
         ravenous worms burrowing deeply, seeking
         the succulent core of a rotting apple"
No one but you would think to write a simile such as this one... You're good, my friend..>*  
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 03-30-2000 09:35 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Excellent imagery and very well written  
INclan
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3 posted 03-30-2000 10:06 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

This makes me sad the ice is gone off Lk. Maxinkuckee. My grandfather loved to ice fish and took me often, as a young boy.  I miss him.

INclan
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Your poems are always a pleasure! You paint such beautiful vivid pictures with your words!

Denise
 
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