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poetry by j matthew waters

a day on fictitious lake


she’s pleaded to tag along
and the boys reluctantly agreed
the five of us stuffed inside
my lime green hatchback

fictitious lake was frozen solid
a good eight plus inches thick
perfectly capable of supporting
whatever weight we might carry

checklist included four-man tent
rods and reels and ice auger
life vests and assortment of jigs
5-gallon bucket and case of beer

there must be a rainbow somewhere
she said as the boys drilled into the ice
multi-color parasol above her head
designer aviators shielding her eyes




january two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “a day on fictitious lake

  1. You couldn’t have written a more perfect poem. You are some kind of genius, my friend.

    Did you really have a lime green hatchback? No wonder she was begging, if so.

  2. I love the last stanza especially with the parasol and aviators, interesting interplay

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