J.S. MacLean – 1 poem

The Fisherman and the Kid


Back in the 60s an underage kid

with a legal second cousin and friend

were served beer in the Triangle Tavern

in a small five forked rivers college town.


Several local lobster fishermen

in slickers and rubber boots, trap haul done

for the day, sat nearby; spinning, laughing,

exaggerating, and drinking beer too.


“See the guy wearing the blue baseball cap?”

my cousin asked me, and “yeah” I replied.

“It’s a woman, but they allow her in

because she’s one of them; a fisherman.”


Rivers flowed onward in that afternoon

with two stowaways belonging along.






J.S. MacLean has been writing poetry since the early 70s with two collections “Molasses Smothered Lemon Slices” and “Infinite Oarsmen for one” available on Amazon. He has had over 150 poems published in journals and magazines internationally in Canada, USA, Ireland, UK, France, Israel, India, Thailand, and Australia. He enjoys the outdoors, and indoors too. In 2007 he won THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt in Poetry (1st Prize). He strives for the lyrical and hopes for the accidental.

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