The old woman paddles her canoe


slowly across the lake towards me


I wait anxiously on the shore


and watch her get closer


I can see her smile now


I can see that familiar kerchief on her head


she beckons me to get in


we paddle away together


I am in the front of the canoe


she steers from the back


smoothly we glide out onto the lake


it feels like we are part of the water


the lake is calm today like glass


I help her lift the net


and put the fish into the canoe


we will have them for supper

the old woman smiles


wrinkles on her face embrace me


her eyes shine with love


and not a word need be spoken



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