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Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee
Going Fishing and Cooking the Fish‏
We never carried a water bottle, but bent over
on our knees to cup the stream in our hands,
water dripping through our fingers shaken to
the wind. We would walk miles to the stream.
We knew the paths, could smell the water as we
approached. It was cool in the forest first thing
in the morning, but by afternoon it got
sticky with gnats and dragonflies. The sun
would snake through the trees and bite us.
As kids, we never caught the fish to toss it back in.
We wanted to take it home, give it to mom or dad
to clean and cook. We wanted to eat it! We’d pick
up our gear and a string of good fish.
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee’s book, On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, received a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category and was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and other awards. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally. Her website is


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