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The Truth
About Angling

Fishermen are famous liars - it's all
they're really known for. The fish are inedible
anyway, just bones and dull compunction,
and there's no point to standing in a river -
you still have to turn your back on something,
either memory or damp desire, who
you were or where you're going.
It's this meltwater's journey
anyway - not yours. This braid of light
and absence isn't really a metaphor
for your life, or anyone's,
and to say the river equals time
is pure cliché, but in any case you
and all the other fools return there
every weekend on your day off work
to observe the small sacraments
of your obsolete craft: to whip
the parabolas of line into void;
to hear the reel's angry-squirrel chatter
as you squint at the gelid reflection of skies
up to your waist in the literal.

STEPHEN GUPPY is the author of two novels, two collections of stories, and three books of poems, the most recent of which is Understanding Heaven, published by Wolsak and Wynn. He has also published a textbook for creative writing workshops, Writing and Workshopping Poetry: A Constructive Introduction (Broadview Press). He lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

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