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Wish Fishing
Dorothy K. Fletcher


Orion climbs high
in my neighbor's elm
watches me carefully

cast my wish net deep
in cool night skies
lie on my back

excited and ready
I wait then
star dust falls

streaks my view
with good fortune
like little silver fish

slithering quickly
I catch each one
with eager eyes

before its light goes out
I breathe my wishes
in silent gushes

after a dozen
I start feeling lucky
take in my nets

retire to an inside bed
while the stars jump
frolic all night

their tails swishing
over me unaware
in happy dreams

© by Dorothy K. Fletcher

Dorothy K. Fletcher retired in 2007 after 35 years of teaching high school English in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry and articles have appeared in nearly a hundred publications, and she has written and had published seven books. A former columnist for The Florida Times Union,  Dorothy has written six Jacksonville histories, the first sof which earned her a Preservation Award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in 2011.  At this point in her writing career, she has moved into fiction. Her latest novel, The Chambermaid, is set in the 1564 colony of Fort Caroline, which was located in the Jacksonville area. Dorothy still livees in Jacksonville with her husband, Hardy, close to their children and grandchildren. Learn more about her here.


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