Sense of Decency

Listening to others, seeing things through their eyes.

Sense of Decency

The author and his daughter, Ruth, just above a sharp left turn on a rapid nicknamed “The Wall” on the Black River, Quebec, 2011. The wall of rock is not particularly friendly to canoes being forced hard right.

Push Day

By MIKE FISH

Seven portages already, muskeg up to here

Big water, stiff headwind all day

Hands hard, good mates, no fear

Where’s the site, you say

Around the bend and through the narrows



Sun baking down, visions of a place

Esker topped with pine, plenty of space

Shoulders sore, fading daylight

Where, where’s that site

Round the bend and through the narrows



Hailstorm of insults, hate all round

Grotesque

Rights pushed underground, free press?

Where — oh, where — is that new sight?

Round the bend and through the narrows



End of another river day, 1971. Three pots going, and bannock in the reflector oven. Author, foreground, who guided…

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