Our canoe moves quietly along the shore.


Sensing our approach

it flies

from a bare branched tree

and then another

noisily protesting

always just ahead.


Something is seen and just as quickly

it dives

breaking the water’s surface

disappearing into another world.


Quickly reemerging with a fish

it flies from the surface as if water and air are one

stopping to rest on a branch.


For a moment, paddling closer, we are ignored.



as if destined to always be just ahead

off it flies

to another bare branched tree.




Kingfisher, Griggs Reservoir

Kingfisher, Griggs Reservoir


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