Fishing for Magic

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By Lorraine Caputo

Up & down the river boardwalk
along this swollen river
people dip lines
into the quick current

A man fights to bring his back in,
long, expensive rod bending —
only to emerge
debris

A large raft of
waterlilies
swiftly drifts
downstream

& that woman,
thick-armed, thick-bellied,
thick feet shod
in flip-flops,
again unhooks a fish,
kicking its flapping body
towards her pile
& returns to drop her
simple line from a
bamboo pole
into the fast-flowing
waters

… her magic
that will feed her children
this night …

       
Lorraine Caputo’s work has appeared in over 150 journals in Canada, the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 11 chapbooks of poetry, including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017), and 18 anthologies. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month.

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