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Big Two-Hearted River
(For Matt)
by Doug Tanoury

I tell him:
"This is where Hemingway
Loved to fish."
He seems unimpressed,
And I smile,
Feeling it is
As it should be.

Somehow it seems small,
For words don't swim
Like salmon in the Fall
Through coffee colored water,
And poems don't hide
Like trout in Spring
In shadows under logs.

We cross the river
Over a walking bridge
That sways with my steps,
And he chides: "Walk softer!"
I smile, feeling it is
As it should be,
And I walk softly.

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at the Athens Avenue Poetry Circle

Copyright 1998 Manitou Publishing Co. & Doug Tanoury • All Rights Reserved.

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