William Stafford

(January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993 / Kansas)

In The Deep Channel - Poem by William Stafford

Setting a trotline after sundown
if we went far enough away in the night
sometimes up out of deep water
would come a secret-headed channel cat,


Eyes that were still eyes in the rush of darkness,
flowing feelers noncommittal and black,
and hidden in the fins those rasping bone daggers,
with one spiking upward on its back.


We would come at daylight and find the line sag,
the fishbelly gleam and the rush on the tether:
to feel the swerve and the deep current
which tugged at the tree roots below the river.


Comments about In The Deep Channel by William Stafford

  • Christina ChinChristina Chin (12/16/2018 11:08:00 PM)

    find the line sag,
    the fishbelly gleam and the rush on the tether:
    Beautiful lines.
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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (12/16/2018 8:35:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem with brilliant expression. (Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (12/16/2018 7:18:00 AM)

    A good poem to feel the swerve and the deep current (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (12/16/2018 2:59:00 AM)

    The current that tugged at the tree roots is in the depths of this outward description of river fishing.. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/16/2018 2:57:00 AM)

    Fishbelly gleam! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/16/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    A pretty poem by William Stafford👍👍 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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