Two old men in fleeces and ball caps 
cast minnowed lines from each side of the dock –  

Then suddenly one is the grandfather 
who first brought his friend to this place 

long ago, before time; the one 
with the taut line, transfigured with awe, 

five-year-olds a miraculous flashing 
from the water’s surface, towels it gently, 

like polishing silver the night before Easter, 
places it carefully into a Stop and Shop bag 

that hangs from the chain length fence thrashing.

MICHAEL COLLINS' poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 50 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year, and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Visit for more.

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