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 http://www.notthatmichaelcollins.com/ for more.