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The Canoeist with Buzz-Cut Hair

Swain's Lock, 17 June 2001


He paddles slowly,
      tenderly,
            -- stroke, glide, stroke, glide --

eyes fixed on the smooth surface of the water
      and the spreading ripples
            as if the water were his lover,

as if he were
      softly stroking her skin
            with the sleek varnished wood.


June, 2001


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