Salvatore Ala

(February 18,1959 / Canada)

Fishing with My Father


I could fish for hours,
Lose myself in a marsh
Carried by giant carp,
A dragonfly hook its shadow on my eye
And guide me back to my surprised self.

Fishing in silence beside my father,
I would glance up at him
Catching the fishes that got away,
Years that were lost in him,
A sadness inseparable from living.

I caught once, his fish reflection
Sinking below the surface.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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