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Red fish
flathead
separated through the hook
buckets
medium and large

Timber supported this concrete wharf
whilst behind the fisherman stood his gallows
a band of seagulls watched the knife
gutting fish
gushing water

One old man clutched at a cigarette
on the boats well
outside the heads
surrendered to the wind
outlined only by a darkened sky
the peaceful harbor
disillusioned onlookers
even the pelican
fighting at her headwind
taking time to rest
before another flight

He stood with eyes that grasped for hope
looking to his son
sharpening the knife
throwing the remnants to a dancing bird
buckets made their way to a nearby truck

The boat lay still
awaiting as he did
to move east again
past the buoy and those green laden treetops
through the headlands opening
to another night

Rust
rope
chains
and but one wish
to fish

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