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Time on Water by Robert Gibbons




A Rarity


Calm sea today in the way-too-beautiful world. The wave in the distance, in the shallows, one could take for a reef, turns out to follow the course set by sturdy Jake and Josephine, whose skipper survives knowing only one thing, a rarity in these complex, computerized times. That's an old lobster boat, but the engine's probably good as new. The prow forges ahead with ancient agility, unable to improve upon. I imagine the fisherman, skin, muscle, sinew, bone, is the equal of his craft. All of a sudden the first snow of the year makes the beauty almost piercing.


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