January 24, 2022

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Saving The Planet

October 2021, near a Washington state river

At the door of my van, pulling waders,the branches break in the dark of the morning while a large animal catches he approaches, I walk back in and wait untila fellow fisherman arrives and we go down to the…

October 2021, near a Washington state river

At the door of my van, pulling waders,
the branches break in the dark of the morning while a large animal catches me.

As he approaches, I walk back in and wait until
a fellow fisherman arrives and we go down to the canyon.

We split into two paths and the animal follows me.
I throw rocks and shout.

Later, under the stars, I wondered if that was the case
a metaphor for the global climate response,

He would wear his eyes blindfolded, hang a bone fillet in T.
in the neck, I return to the forest whispering

“Here kitten, kitten” and I hope nothing happens.

In other poetry news, I am grateful Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Alabama Heidi Lynn Staples for accepting my poem “When I Lived Upriver” in her project Hold Our Breath 2040: Artists and writers reinvent afforestation, an international creative digital commemoration of afforestation efforts to address climate change. I also appreciate it Flyfishing & Tying Diaries to include two of my poems in the next issue.

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