Every year, the mayor runs a contest
to see who can guess the annual rainfall.
After a few good storms, the Siuslaw rises
drowning Helen McCready’s prize tulips.
The rowboat tied to her front porch
is again useful. She has no intention of moving.
Helen was born in this house, and so was her mother.
Her patience is stronger than the current.
From the back porch, she fishes for salmon.


Mark Thalman

About Mark Thalman

Mark Thalman is the author of Catching the Limit, published by 
Fairweather Books (2009). His work has been widely published 
for four decades. Thalman’s poetry has appeared in Carolina 
Quarterly, CutBank, Pedestal Magazine, and Verse Daily,among 
others. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, and 
he has been teaching English in the public schools for 34 years. 
Thalman is the editor of For more information 
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