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summer on the river

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St. John River, south of Fredericton


drinks on the patio


the setting spins

on the river

golden while the mayflies dance

with gilded wings


this is conversation!

a cold glass

singing ice

white wicker

umbrella shade

the hills

wistful beyond the gauze

of mayfly dancing


you are dazzled by the play of sun

and words on water

your voice

your smile

who cares what you are saying

as long as the lines are long

and the tone is light

and the mayflies stir

the air above the river


I listen

with a nod of my head

a flutter of my hand

the corners of my mouth lift

to smile


my ears and eyes

have better things to do


the sunlight slides on cobwebs

spun across the river

our voices slur

while the mayflies dance

the rise and fall

of their glass bodies

and your laughter


liquid on water



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St. John River, south of Fredericton


Published as ‘drinks on the patio’, Pottersfield Portfolio 17 (3), Spring 1997.

Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

June 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

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