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The Fisherman

A David Gilmour rift mesmerizes me
as we drive past the sign for Little Wall Lake
in a steel-blue Plymouth you picked up
from your aunt’s estate, its door handles
a bother for my small, inarticulate hands.

Each of us hankers for the other.

You hurriedly park beneath a crop
of fiery oaks, these same little hands
already unfastening buttons, undoing zippers,
not so inarticulate after all.

Before I can help thrust your blue jeans
down past your hips — my God, the want of it! —
we hear the rumble of a rusted red Chevy truck
motoring toward us, a grinding halt
to the sordid grinding underway in Esther’s K-car.

Is there any frustration so keen
as coitus interruptus, to October passions
quashed, bodily inclinations rescinded
for the sake of a few catch and release crappies,
bluegill, or largemouth bass?

Julie Allyn Johnson is a sawyer’s daughter from the American Midwest whose current obsession is tackling the rough and tumble sport of quilting and the accumulation of fabric. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry can be found in Star*Line, The Briar Cliff Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Haven Speculative, Anti-Heroin Chic, Coffin Bell, The Lake, Chestnut Review and other journals.


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