CATCH AND RELEASE
by Karla Huston
favored by BJ Best
Now as the ice begins its slow
spring shrinking from the lakeshore,
fishermen will drop anchor and like spiders
cast their lines, and the boys will be found,
the two who disappeared one November
storm ago. When they are discovered,
their families might finally be released from grief,
finally free to let them go, but a different
ache will lure them, and they will know
there is no getting beyond the pull of the shore.
And the boys—they are tired of floating
under the water’s thick shell, tired
of sturgeon gnawing their skin, tired of their
thin and drifting hair, of hands grasping
at prayers. They’ll be glad to be found–
if the dead are glad of anything–
after all those months of freefall,
the rising that always comes in spring.
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