Michael Keshigian

Fish Cove

Beneath the dock
from which he casts,
the water is shallow
and clear. The sodden earth
that bears the weight of liquid
is speckled with shoots
that will eventually surface
into a stage upon which
the basso bull frog
will perform his aria.
Occasionally, a cloud of dirt
will smoke the clarity
of the transparent lake
and his searching
reveals the tail fin
of a scampering bass
near the shore to spawn.
He sits and watches
amid the Spring warmth
and delicate breezes
which incite the lake
to gently slap the dock.
He no longer dangles the bait
to tease the unsuspecting,
no longer lingers temptation,
the same lure
which spurred him to seek
refuge and the simple poem
this silent swimmer
strokes with her fin.
To read her verse
within the enclosure of this cove
is the remedy by which
he turns from the commotion
in his own life,
a commotion he has no desire
to impart.

Michael Keshigian is the author of five poetry chapbooks. His sixth collection, Jazz Face, was recently released by Big Table Publishing Co. His work has appeared in national and international journals as well as many online publications, including California Quarterly, Sierra Nevada College Review, Oyez Review, Jerry Jazz Musician, Oak Bend Review, and Ibbetson Street Press. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee. More about Michael Keshigian can be found at his website.