Fishing at midnight – Richard Luftig


a blood-red moon

means me no good


and stars winking

their secrets


are not about to tell.

bass in this lake


have gone on strike

for better food


and my lures

are not fooling


anyone. but later

after my rowboat


has cut through

the last diagonal


of water, I’ll climb

the hill to my cabin


watch squirrels run

under a spotlight


floodlamp across

telephone wires


like acrobats

without a net


crawl under a blanket

try to sleep leaving


any upcoming dawns

to fend for themselves.


just-dad-2Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio who now resides in California. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in Ten Years of Dos Madres Press.


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