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Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin people & ideas
Volume 52, Number 2 (Spring 2006)

Poetry contest 2006,   pp. 49-56


Page 50

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"Th e  Ta  f -eFsig 
Redn  hs  exeln pomfo h 
fis imIwa tucIlth ii- 
nes  of  th m gr - o 
sucesul  it evke  th lek 
The Tao of 
Ice Fishing 
Lao-tzu, a sage of ancient China said, 
"go with the flow," but Lao-tzu didn't live in 
Wisconsin. Nature's hardness is a given 
when January's fingers choke earth dead. 
There is no flow here. Lakes crack, blown fields shed 
blades, and the rivers lose their tongues. We're driven 
into our dark confessionals, unshriven. 
To tell the truth, I'd rather lie in bed 
but I get up, gulp down a cup of joe, 
then grab my tacklebox from the garage, 
zip on my winter gear, climb in the Dodge 
to meet my fate, my old, cold-blooded Foe, 
to drill, chop, drop and wait until the day 
hell freezes over-it's the only way. 
Thomas M Toerpe 
JOHN LEHMAN 
POETRY AWARD 
50  SPRING  2006  WISCONS IN  P EOPLE  &  IDEA 


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