David Dodd Lee

The Black Bass - Poem by David Dodd Lee

My hand became my father's hand
that day,
for a second or two, as I lifted the fish, and I could feel his loneliness,
my father's, like mine,

a horse in a stall spooked by guttering candles,
the popping and black smoke, the quivering flanks.

And if a horse, in its loneliness, couldn't manage
to speak, what difference did it make?
What could he say? Tell a flickering candle Burn true?

Then I thought of my mother, standing in a field with flames
in her hair. She was surrounded by deer, statues
in a circle around her.

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  • (10/14/2004 8:25:00 AM)

    We lead parrallel lives.
    there is more to be said
    about all these leaves
    all these truths fallen.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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