Photo of a Family Vacation 
He is a blade slipping on the skin of a trout.
He is a blade and he is slipping and he is a trout.
Skirting the shallows, the screen of sediment.
A hand trawling lazily through a basin.
He is an oar striking surface.
The water-striders scatter.
He is the hook that becomes a pan.
A cut lake bleeds white.
The oil sizzles. Thins.
Published online October 31 2013.
Michael Prior lives in Richmond, British Columbia, where he works in a bookstore. His poems have previously appeared in The Antigonish Review, Branch Magazine, CV2, ditch and Qwerty.