come back
from the Island
brand new
red sand ground into
my jeans
and soft eyes of the one
who told
me about “being
a pro fisherman and
proud of it”
his trophies broken
his handsome face
soft in telling me about
fishing in tournaments
for smallmouth bass
fishing is like
gambling
have to wear
sunglasses so they
don’t see what you’re
doing
keep hooks covered
so they don’t know
what you’re using
tell lies:
got them 50 feet
out in the water
with Canadian calm