TONY SMITH

 

Under The Pond

Spinner baits rig the same
this spring as last
when you learned a clinch knot
to cast, finesse a small-mouth to shore
and gently release.

The pond has changed:
ice that gave way
to blade marks and sticks
has thawed, replaced now
with pre-summer water

clear enough to reveal
skate prints six feet deep
when your mother's daisies scatter
with the splash of a lure,

a clarity not present last winter
when they pulled you ashore.