an honest life


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an honest life

i hike east along the Rogue

he heads west

looking too old for the cooler

strapped to his back.

his dun-colored dog drags

the twine rope tied to its collar.

i step aside and say “you look

ready to catch some salmon.”

“ain’t goin’ to wet a line for four days”

gap-toothed smile and hustling still.

i nod and then see them bump up

a steep section of trail,

his jeans with a hole in the butt

him and his dog

to camp along the wild river

in the deep Oregon night.

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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

13 thoughts on “an honest life”

    1. i see what you mean, zoltán. yes, just getting away from the news sounds good. and the Rogue River (i love the name) flows through some beautiful scenery. thanks for your comment and for reading my work.


    1. thanks, carrie! as i remember, the dog didn’t look anywhere other than the bends in his master’s knees. wasn’t interested even in looking at me. they were a tough, weather-beaten pair, and they both seemed to be serious about getting down the river.


  1. The closing of this poem is evocative. Did you ever see the movie Housekeeping? It is about a hobo who comes home to mother her nieces when her sister dies. It is a fantastic movie. But anyway, the close of the movie (sorry) is a train rolling into dark. Freedom, sufficiency, rebellion, and fear are braided together — and you have done that in those last lines (and of course the work before). Haunting.

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