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Fishing in a Canadian Sunrise
Edwin Romond

for Tom Tonkin

Something special in a sunrise
with a fishing pole by your side,
when the early hour north
of the border holds such promise
for catching a big one. Back home
in Pennsylvania cars clog rush hour

on Routes 33 and 80 but here
in Canadian quiet there is only
the peace of solitude beside
clear waters. Maybe this morning
will bring the moment when a sharp
tug on the line and a bend to the pole

will signal a huge fish is wiggling
into your life here in another
country beneath the emerging
gold of the sun that knows no
boundaries glowing over
fishermen and the sparkle of streams.

This poem first appeared in Exit 13 Magazine.
Used here with permission.


Edwin Romond  is a poet, playwright, and composer. Now retired, he taught English for more than 30 years in Wisconsin and New Jersey. Edwin's award-winning work has appeared in numerous literary journals, college text books, and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio. His newest collection, Man at the Railing, from NYQ Books, recently won the Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award. A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Edwin now lives in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, with his wife. Learn more about him at




Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
A good poem of contrasts!
Posted 08/16/2021 04:39 PM
Vividly descriptive picture of a tranquil, appealing scene
Posted 08/14/2021 09:25 AM
Lori Levy:
Very peaceful.
Posted 08/13/2021 02:18 PM
I remember the tug on the line and the bend in the pole.
Posted 08/13/2021 09:12 AM

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