It Was a Day for Fishing, It Was a Day I Grew Wiser

by Chris Strickland

I was looking forward to a wonderful of fishing with my grandpa. My brother and I would just hop into the cab of his ‘ol pickup truck. We’d have the 14 foot john boat following closely behind on the old tired trailer. I woke up as soon as the rooster crowed, and to the smell of fresh bacon cooking in the little kitchen of the house my grandpa built with more youthful hands that the ones I had come to know.

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A Cornet on the Wind

by Steve Gaines

my grandfather is both real to me
and a ghost I never knew
an old man
and the young 19th century “adventurer”
he used to tell me about
over cups of black coffee and camel cigarettes
he had to sneak out to smoke

there was a picture
that told the story…
the young footless nomad
with his cornet and the look of leaving again…

the picture sings still in my own sixty year old memory:

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