Lake of the Isles*

August 7, 2016

Lake of the Isles - Sylvia Tag
2016 Walk Award
By Sylvia Tag

My father teaches me how to dig up
earthworms and a proper j-stroke.
He’s wearing flannel not pinstripes,
sipping water not gin, and it is
just us

heading out early in a sleepy, red canoe
to catch sunfish and crappies. Waves
knock on aluminum sides as we
cast, spin, plunk, reel.

Slitting bellies and scooping out guts,
we prepare the catch. Soon, breakfast
sizzles and crisps in a little butter.
I didn’t know you were preparing me for life.
Did you?

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Sylvia Tag. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

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One Response to “Lake of the Isles*”

  1. susanissima Says:

    A sweet poem and illustration.


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