doing a tedious job just now

shredding fish for a potluck

casserole – I decided to think

a pleasant thought – an unbidden

one wasn't pleasant: I was 7 or so

on a dock at a little wisconsin lake

a small boy at the end of the pier

flung back his fishing line prepared

to throw it again into the water his

hook snagged me right between the

nostrils just where you'd catch a fish

my mother said she'd never forget

seeing me stumbling along the path

to our cottage crying holding the pole

worm hanging below my chin a doctor

removed the hook gave me a shot

I'm planting a potato he said as he

brandished a needle I've not asked

potatoes but being planted must be

painful do they even need tetanus?

2020 Jacqueline Jackson

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