|Scouts Spear-fishing on the Chatanika
Cross-legged on the bank around
a stylish blaze our fathers counted coup
how beautiful from the air
those cities lit by bombs,
the giddy godless scare
of elemental flack, blue sequins
on the black. At dusk, we hit the beach
and slogged against the current in
our rubber wading breeches.
Cold, fast, slippery like the rush of
inspiration, whitefish burst
upon us, gleaming in our headlamps
like a spray of meteors. Laughing,
screaming, jabbing with our tridents, bloodying
the watersnot one caught.
They whipped right past and
vanished down the river like
guerillas with their terror into
existential darkness, or the silence of a thought.