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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Senses Poem--Alaskan Love Song--National Poetry Month

The jungle in back of the cannery at Uyak

I'm going to continue my Alaskan Love Song theme because it makes me feel cooler...:o) The Hubs still hasn't summerized the cooling, so we swelter in near or at triple digit weather. So this is a Senses Poem, and you can read about how to do your own here. Meanwhile, ta-daaaaaa:


Me on the day I caught my halibut (but not with this  rod--a jig) This was for catching the bait.












Slickers were for babies. I still wear the red sweatshirt.

ALASKAN LOVE SONG
A whale passes the dock where I sit reading; it blows and lunges as it feeds.
The misty morning air smells of fish gurry and machine grease.
The gulls scream as they dive after the bits of breakfast roll I toss them.
The boards of the dock shove a splinter through my hand. I drag my gut knife out to cut the splinter away.
I can still taste the hash browns and salmon from the cafeteria.
This is a little bit of Heaven--at least until the work bell rings.


My Alaskan Heaven--with fish guts and exhaustion
© 2017 by H. Linn Murphy

3 comments:

  1. Yikes! Using a gut knife on your splinter? Brave! Reading and watching passing whales does sound like Heaven though. And fresh salmon would be de-lish! Sorry you're in that heat. Lovely love song.

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  2. That knife went everywhere with me, including home. I wasn't taking ANY chances on frisky guys with crap morals. It was also pretty sharp and sterilized, so my hand was pretty safe.

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  3. Although my checked backpack did open up in the Seattle airport, dumping everything out on the carousel. Yeah. I didn't go back to pick up my unmentionables until every other snickering person was gone. The knife went missing then...sigh.

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