The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Spring 2015
Debra Daniel

On Windy Hill Pier Where My Father and Uncle Fished Away Their Summer

Before light they left the house,
with minnows and cigarettes.
And the pier extended them 
over and above the sea, 
settled them for all the day, 
as tides came and went again.
In the arc of summer’s sun
they sat benched on weathered wood
or stood, content and constant.

As far out as I could go,
I’d walk the planks to find them
braced against the wood and wind,
brave against the tumbling sea 
changing there beneath my feet. 
With my bubble gum cigar, 
I’d stand with two men smoking, 
wordless as fish, and leaning
into pull of the line.
©2015 Debra Daniel