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  • I recall

    The projects

    I held boards and chafed
    while you sawed
    realizing only later
    there is no easy way to learn.
    I see now
    the way you sharpened a knife
    until it would shave your arm.


    The fishing trips

    Brilliant rainbow trout from
    mountain streams in Colorado
    with saplings, a length of line and salmon eggs.
    Bouncing lead sinkers off the rocky bottom
    with deep sea gear and clams for bait.
    I see now
    the way you stayed on board
    scrubbing away blood and silver scales.

    Rabbit hunting

    A raffled trip with a couple of pastors,
    their beagles and shotguns.
    My fingers too numb to pull the trigger
    when mine hopped by
    Tough rabbit stroganoff
    The hunters’ reward
    I see now
    you watching me
    letting me stand on my own


    When I look back
    I smile now
    and reach
    Father to son
    Father to father
    Man to man
    Across the years
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