Friday, April 1, 2011

The Boatman

Every time the Boatman leans
Against his pole and pushes
The water's solid floor—the pole
Turns into a newspaper hat.

The canal is littered with old news

Like the bleeding gray dye of a cheap
Sweater in the wash. Should I try
Pushing a boat with a paper hat
Or is motion more personal than that?

Sumi-e ink-wash drawing by Doug Heinlein © 2009

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