The Last Time I Saw Richard

The last time I saw Richard

he was buttoning his fly

stowing rod and reel in boat's hold

after fishing illegal waters


he ignored no trespassing signs,

oil on the cormorant's wing,

the acrid odor of burnt gun powder,

the bobbing of a tiny shoe


he had fished there many times

with nets full to breaking

so the voice on the bullhorn

did not deter him


when asked why he fished

ignoring drumbeat and bugle call

he said with mopish grin,

I saw my reflection

in clear, blue water



Poetic Asides Prompt: Day 11

For today's prompt, take the phrase "The Last (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some examples: "The Last Train," "The Last Kiss," "The Last Time I'll Give Directions to a Complete Stranger," "The Last Dance," etc.