Jonathan Bracker




How One Old Man May Look Toward Death



It is not so much like when in his teens a boy goes
fishing
With his father in a rented boat and looks up,

As the bamboo pole is raised, at Daddy’s

suddenly appearing broad smile 

Now that something energetic has started tugging.

It is more like, several years earlier, in a different rented boat
Mother has come along for the ride and to help. Leaning

Over the side, the boy rests the back of one hand atop calm water,

Spreading out his fingers to trail them in the wake.

Soon the boat is near enough for him to reach a waterlily’s long strong stem.

Idly he pulls close the huge pancake of a leaf where
Water-drops skip across the green surface like beads of mercury.
Then he lets go, or prepares to let go, the stem he has taken in hand.




Jonathan Bracker is the author of six books of poetry, most recently This Day (WordTech Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in Illinois Quarterly, The New Yorker, Poetry Northwest, and Southern Poetry Review as well as several anthologies.










                                    

 

Home
Current Issue
Submissions
Contributors' Notes


Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: Roger Mitchell

Bruce J. Berger

George Bishop

Jonathan Bracker

Dan Campion

Martha Christina

James Dalton

Colin Dodds

Sid Gold

Rod Jellema

Edison Jennings

David Keplinger

Moira Linehan

Roger Mitchell

Paul Nelson

Susan Okie

William Page

Patric Pepper

Simon Perchik

Adam Pollak

Terry Savoie

Myrna Stone

Robert Joe Stout

Charles Tarlton

Kareem Tayyar

Lesley Valdes

Ryan Wilson

Anne Harding Woodworth

Anne Harding Woodworth on Kajal Ahmad

Charles Edward Wright

More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 


Last Updated: Feb 24, 2017 - 9:01:52 AM

Copyright 2005 - 2016 Cook Communication.