Issue 6 – Kern


Alexander Levering Kern

The Line Has a Life of Its Own

Just don’t pull too hard
you might lose your catch
Instead watch Priscilla
with the mending heart
her fishing rod dangling, along with her life
that summer we spent at Bear Creek

The line has a life of its own
drawing you forward or pausing, at rest
like the long emerald belly
of the snake in my path,
or the stick I now carry to guard my way
in the valley of dried twig & stone.

The line has a life of its own:
like the breath in a symphony’s overture
a slow scratch of ink from a white feather tip
a reminder, a beckoning
to breach the lines that hem us in
and stand in the circle, to watch & wait.