the contrite angler – for Heidi Stephenson

lovely fishes flash through
where the bridge
is risen
their silver sides
catch the light
from sunshine’s prism                         
I used to try
to catch and hook them
oh my may I 
be forever forgiven
Jeff Cloves
Illustration: Claire Palmer
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4 Responses to the contrite angler – for Heidi Stephenson

    1. I love this illustration. The word etheric came to mind “beyond the sphere of the moon” ;
      The “lovely fishes” is wonderful poetry that brings me to 60 years ago and a crystal lake and trying
      to do the same to those bream but happily not succeeding or at least throwing them back.
      I hope I understand the “for” .
      And for sure I’d “like” this if I facebooked.

      Comment by Edward P Johnston on 29 August, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    2. Thank you, Jeff. I am so very happy that those beautiful fish are deeply in your heart now, and no longer in your net.

      Comment by Heidi Stephenson on 30 August, 2020 at 10:59 am
    3. Thank you very much for genuinely appreciating fishes, Mr. Cloves, and for your regret in having previously tried to harm them. You are not alone in that! You can read similar accounts of people who fished before realizing how cruel it is at: We will be adding your wonderful poem to Fish Feel’s poetry page: Our sincere gratitude to Ms. Stephenson for having inspired it.

      Comment by Mary Finelli on 31 August, 2020 at 3:57 pm
    4. Thanks Edward!

      Comment by Claire on 2 September, 2020 at 8:17 pm

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