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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

HAIBUN
 

River: 22
Jeff Streeby

 

Saturday night. Bonfire. Bootlegged Coors. Some of us fishing by lantern light. Booze. Laughter. That wild girl from Greenville taking on everybody in the back of Eddie's Nomad. Radios in Kevin's Silverhawk and Larry's old black beater blasting "Duke of Earl" picked up from an all-night station in Oklahoma City. A little harmless horseplay out on the floating dock. What did Wayne think as in drunken wonder he rode the undertow down to the place he drowned? His last surprise was likely those tons of unrelieved tractive force that pinned him to the snag. Three days later, water skiers found his swollen, battered corpse far downstream. There was an inquest then and an autopsy, but neither showed conclusively what more we could have done.

at rest on moving water
local teal
stretching blue-daubed wings

 


Jeff Streeby Jeff Streeby grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, where he attended Morningside College. He earned the Master of Fine Arts Degree through Gerald Stern's program at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a horseman, cowboy poet and performer. He currently teaches high school English in Perris, California. In 2005 and 2006, he was an invited presenter at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer Institute in Monasterevin, Ireland.

His work has been published in Western Horseman, The Big Roundup, Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion, Lynx, Rattle and others. His current project "Sunday Creek" is a feature on cowboypoetry.com (http://www.cowboypoetry.com/sundaycreek.htm).