March 2017

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By Paul Summers

they are learning to read;

the lexicon of rod & line,


the breath of tide, the kiss

of breeze, of bream knock


& crab, the cadence of weed,

the cautious enquiries


of thumb-print perch,

the heft of a ray’s reluctant


wings, set anchored & corpse-

heavy, the slalom run of a loom-


shuttle shark, the lazy cod,

the tarpon’s slick violence,


the thrill of the strike,

the sanctity of losses.