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Running-Poem by Meg Baird
in your shoes-Poem by J. J. Campbell
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Someone Else's Cat-Poem by John Doyle
Sundays-Poem by John Doyle
Farewell, Bibi-Poem by David Spicer
Rolling Down the Highway...-Poem by David Spicer
No One Ever Asked Winslow This-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
The Adirondack Guide-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
Why Back to Gloucester, Boys?-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

THE ADIRONDACK GUIDE

(Inspired by a Winslow Homer’s painting The Adirondack Guide.)

by Gregory E. Lucas

 Floating in dreams as much as in his boat,

forgetful of his task to lead a group

along the Ausable’s beguiling route

through secret depths of wilderness remote

as any hermit’s home might ever be,

a far-off call clashes with his reveries.

But too late the Adirondack guide looks back;

no longer are his followers in view,

and in wavelets, dappled with shadows blue

from barren trees, his extended oars refract

in the silver stream that mirrors autumn’s charms

with shimmering pools of yellow, red, and gold

gathered by a birch submerged in cold

scum nearby, while his eyes flash with alarm.

 

 

 

 

Gregory Lucas writes poetry and fiction. His fiction has appeared in previous issues of Yellow Mama, Pif, Blueline, The Horror Zine, Dark Dossier, The New Press, and other magazines. His poems have been in The Lyric, Scarlet Leaf, Blueline, Literary Juice, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, and other magazines.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017