David Dodd Lee is the author of Animalities (Four Way Books, 2014). He teaches at Indiana University South Bend and lives in Osceola, Indiana.
The Black Bass
My hand became my father's hand that day, for a second or two, as I lifted the fish, and I could feel his loneliness, my father's, like mine, a horse in a stall spooked by guttering candles, the popping and black smoke, the quivering flanks. And if a horse, in its loneliness, couldn't manage to speak, what difference did it make? What could he say? Tell a flickering candle Burn true? Then I thought of my mother, standing in a field with flames in her hair. She was surrounded by deer, statues in a circle around her.
Reprinted from Arrow Pointing North with the permission of Four Way Books. Copyright © 2002 by David Dodd Lee. All rights reserved.