Minnows Under the Boat

While rowing through lilypads
to a reedy sandbar,
a tongue sticking out,

I see minnows zigzag,
slipping away quickly,
like an owl’s hoot

when I lie in a rented bed,
the moon thumbing me
like magazine pages.


originally appeared in Midwest Quarterly (1989)

Published by

Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo has six full-length collections of poetry and, including Ice And Gaywings, twenty chapbooks. His latest book, from Blue Light Press, is called Bend Of Quiet, and Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt is forthcoming from Urban Farmhouse Press. Ken began writing at age fifteen. He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He and his partner and two cats enjoy gardening, music, and the Wisconsin Northwoods. Catch Ken’s radio show, Obscure Oldies, on Saturdays from 6:00-8:30 pm EST at WDNR 89.5 FM.