Having a beer in the canoe club

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The tables and benches are wet.
Barges on the Rhine low their mourning.
Water stands high after the rains.
On the opposite bank, the sharp
chimneys of the steelworks entertain us
with reflected-light swordplay. As far
as we can see the meadows are empty,
bushels of grass on mounds above the alluvium.
We lift our glasses. A solitary canoe
is berthing at the jetty.
I don’t have fibromyalgia, you say.
I have cancer. And the silence changes
colour and our eyes won’t meet.
HAVING A BEER IN THE CANOE CLUB by Rose Mary Boehm
Photo used under Public Domain.

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A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives in Lima, Peru. Author of two novels, one full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks, her work has been widely published in mostly US poetry journals. Her latest full-length poetry manuscript, The Rain Girl, has been accepted for publication in June 2020 by Blue Nib. Her poem, "Old Love’s Sonnet," has been nominated for a Pushcart by Shark Reef Journal where it was published in the Summer of 2019.

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