Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Night Fishing” by Rie Sheridan Rose. Ms. Rose has authored five chapbooks of poetry. In addition to previous appearances in Songs of Eretz, her poems have been published in Penumbra, Illumen, The Voices Project, and Wolf Willow, as well as in numerous anthologies. She is also a lyricist, having provided the words for many of the songs on Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits by Marc Gunn.
Rie Sheridan Rose
Cast a line into the sea—
“Hey, baby, come here often...?”
Wait with bated breath
to see if anyone takes the lure.
Tug gently to set the hook—
“You are way too pretty for this dive...”
Give a little illusion of freedom
Pay out more line to tire the catch—
“Oh, no. I hardly ever come to this
side of town. I was supposed to
meet a friend.”
Reel in your prize—
just a night’s fun or a forever trophy?
Who can say...?
But if it doesn’t work out,
you can always throw her
Poet's Notes: This poem was a little out of my comfort zone, having been originally written for a market that I would not have tried if I hadn't been pushing myself to do exactly that--get out of my usual form and subject matter. I decided to look at life from the other side for a change…
Editor’s Note: I enjoy the nicely executed conceit here with its splash of irony and interesting blend of funny and sad.