poling down the river

early Sunday morning

slightly hung over

needing another drink

curving through

our favourite bends

& coming the other way

a family in a beat up

hire borrowed canoe

& the kid in the middle

in his excited voice says

we just saw a dragon fly!

& we nod & smile

while a buzzard over our head flies

we paddle on

hearing the younger kid

soft growing distant

wonder if there are crocodiles?

& I soft whisper to her

we were saying babe

we don’t have a lot of luck

but the truth of it


we do

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