“Weather Report”

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United States
Martha’s Vineyard

Through Harold’s Lens:

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6:03am
My old cracked weather radio
Squawked again with static.

“Winds 14
North by Northwest
Sky cloudy
Temperature dropping
42 by 10am.

Incoming tide
Cold day fishermen
Frenzies going on
Blues & Stripers biting
Tight lines”.

Rusty, my old Jeep
Rumbled through curves
Past Vineyard Haven Harbor
Lonely boats and masts
Rocking to the rhythm of the water.

Blue smoke
Trailing Rusty’s rear pipe
Oil again.
The hell with it.

Tackle box . Rattling
Stinky cooler live slimy eels. Secure
Rod . Snug in dirty rags
Reel . Oiled skin smooth
Line. New 20 lb test.

Another cold morning
With my best buddy Jim
On the water
In his rigged fishing boat.

Bloddy Marys at 9
Jokes, puns, laughs.

Cries echo over water
“Fish on”.

From Harold’s Photographic Series on Martha’s Vineyard: “Intimacy of Island Life”

“First Mate”

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Italy
Through Harold’s Lens:

Intense day at sea
Brilliant colors
Amalfi Coast.

Quaint fishing village
Cetra.

Weathered old bar
Foaming, frothy cold beer
Snuggled in palms.

Todays catch
Filleted, seasoned
Sizzling on grills.

Dropping & pulling net
Whew!
Done for day.

Pier side
Saltwater lapped slips
Fishing rigs rocked in rhythm.

First Mate
Gnarled old hands

Looped, wrapped
Gripped shuttles.

Sheet bend knots
Double overhand knots.

Strengthened nets.

Tomorrow
Another day
On the sea.