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The Mirage

Boxed lures lay: belly-up, forlorn, caste off sinkers,
line-less, relics of peaceful bygone days. In vaudevillian 
colors of corny-orange: their hooks rusty, their prongs
dulled in an unalluring huddle; the bait lies unused

their drawers lowered like fathers, they recall summer 
days with their flies down fondly. The boxed lures lay 
belly-up forlorn, caste offs: boat-less, rod-less reminders
upon rickety tables, these tabled reveries of mist and sun

conjoin in conjugal tension. Soon sold to gen-millennial
to: decorate walls, ghost grandparents, mind-meld the screen
dancers to the much missed external world. Where the
fish-belly white daughters and sons could sun with fathers

disconnected from the umbilical cord of the Protestant 
work ethic. Box baited: belly-up, forlorn, these caste off sinkers
line-less amble past the detritus of peaceful bygone days
when seas and lakes and ponds provided food for the soul.

Published in the April 2015 issue of Eunoia Review


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  1. Date: 5/27/2015 6:59:00 PM

    Deb, this brilliant intellectual piece evolves with subtle nuances into a plethora of avenues that will keep me busy for hours contemplating. EXCELLENT!
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 1:15:00 PM

    This doesn't say much for the computer-television set, extends even to the hard core rock kids. You have a wonderful, complicated way of kicking modern times in the ass. Love it. Love, daver
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 12:36:00 PM

    you got me hook, line, and sinker.. cheers for being published, debbie.. SOUPiE!.. huggs
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 9:47:00 AM

    I can tell that a lot of work and thought went into this poem, Debbie. Read it a few times, trying not to miss out on hidden references. Thank you for the help you provided with your replies! All the best.// paul
  1. Date: 5/26/2015 6:56:00 PM

    Great poem on a the paraphernalia of fishingon . Congratulations on publication!
  1. Date: 5/26/2015 9:43:00 AM

    Hey Debbie, I wanted to thank you for selecting my poem "Baseball" as one of the winners of your "Batter Up" contest. I found out that I had placed because a few of the soupers were congratulating me on the win and I didn't know what they were talking about because I hadn't received a comment or heard anything from you. I thank you for thinking so highly of my poem. It means a lot to me. Be Blessed, Neva
  1. Date: 5/25/2015 11:55:00 PM

    Huge congrats on this poem's publication. I read it three times and got some of it but only understood all after reading your replies to the other posters here. The title itself is a big pointer to much of the hidden message. A7
  1. Date: 5/25/2015 3:39:00 PM

    A very artistic one,Debs. BIG congrats in that publication. I promise to get around to giving you a blurb by the end of the week. Right now just hurrying while hubbie is occupied in the garage!
  1. Date: 5/25/2015 9:59:00 AM

    Only you could hook my attention with such a piece of art as this. get better and better with each one.... Such a simple object comes to life, and I agree with Mystic....this is a keeper for anyone, but especially for an angler who loves the sport! Food for the soul of any fisherman! (And thank you once again, for being my mentor.....and giving such encouragement to my own writes! :)
  1. Date: 5/25/2015 4:59:00 AM

    My husband would have a deep appreciation for this poem him being an avid fisherman, I will email this to him though we live in the same house, since he retired he doesn't get much emails, so I make sure I send him some, thank you for my placement in your contest, I am truly delighted you like it, xxx
  1. Date: 5/23/2015 2:56:00 AM

    Wow! Excellent write, I like all the lines,the used of metaphor flow in lines and created vivid picture in my eyes,congratulate on being published.
  1. Date: 5/21/2015 8:22:00 AM

    I like the mood this created. It is a good metophor, it makes me think of my dad. He married 4 times and was a womanizer. To this very day I hate fishing. Time alone with him was always a unique experience. Congratulations on being published.
  1. Date: 5/17/2015 5:47:00 PM

    Whoaaa! Just spent 1/2 hr. at his're kinda stuff....the Calvinists' ideas....where he finds inspiration (ordered book by Anthony Storr) took as much in as I could...saved to quick hit on this device...thanks! Deb!
  1. Date: 5/16/2015 9:18:00 PM

    Wow! Beautiful.....and so looks like my Pops metal tackle box of heirlooms! Bassarinos....slip-sinkers (he made his own)...frog art....nostalgic poem....worthy of wide viewership it garners! mostly with my free time now I hike & throw boomerangs I collect from all over the world....listenin' right now to the "Minnesota Orchestra" under the direction of my favorite Conductor Osmo Vanska...playing in Havana Cuba for the first time since 1929... jim
  1. Date: 5/16/2015 8:58:00 AM

    Such nostalgia in this poem, Debbie. Except for those directly involved with ball games, outdoor leisure activities have become increasingly forgotten part of life, much more with line-fishing. This reminds me of your previous write on couch potatoes...haha. Loved this. A 7.
  1. Date: 5/15/2015 6:46:00 PM

    Debbie, I think your poem is truly wonderful,7 reminds me of my father somehow as he loved to fish and I remember all the lures in his fish box and I want to thank you so much for my terrific win in your Tam Lin contest, I am honoured
  1. Date: 5/15/2015 1:10:00 PM

    Debbie this poem should be in the " workshop" ... ( only kidding ...) Glad Becca asked her question ... Makes perfect sense now ... Great poem ! Bev :)
  1. Date: 5/14/2015 11:36:00 AM

    Deb I like the first stanza, it captured my attention and I could get a vivid picture in my mind; however, I was hoping that all would become clear as to what you were writing about, but unfortunately it got confusing and I didn't ever get it. I know I'm missing something. I like the last line, that line makes it seem like there was something profound in there, but I must have missed it. Anyway, I do love all the uses of alliteration. PS Congrats that it was published!!!!
  1. Date: 5/14/2015 9:31:00 AM

    huh? interesting use of metaphor, though a bit difficult to decipher
  1. Date: 5/14/2015 9:30:00 AM

    Thank you so much, Deborah, for posting my art with your engaging poem. I'm proud to be play a rold in this creative voice.