Mare Draws Her Lover Fishing at Dusk 

As dark begins to dissolve the body—
the crown of his head, the belly’s swell, the ankle—
I watch him sleep, recall how he settled back
on his heels just hours ago, sent a line keening
swift and precise over the lake. Everyone knows 
a cast is not a question of strength so much
as a relinquishing, that the line’s release 
is an extension from the wrist to the lunge 
and snap of a Cutthroat Trout. I sketch in the ribbed 
trunk of a cottonwood, label it Populus trichocarpa.
Something of what the eye took in is translated 
to joint and grip of finger, until ink gives back 
the crumbled snag of bark, the silver-sided leaf 
dipping like a fish through the evening air.
The wing of his hand is the last thing to go.

— Anne M. Doe Overstreet, author of Delicate Machinery Suspended

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