Poem: 1988

Fisherman’s Philosophy

The small boats that
ride the early grey light
to the sea

teach this lesson: what
you are given defines the reach
of what can be taken away;

the day’s catch
is only partial
to the water of dreams;

and this:
we are small buckets of wood
pushing hard over cold waves.

- Linus Gelber
4 May 1988
Dallas, Texas

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