The Ice Fishermen of Minnesota Gary Bloom Poetry

local_library The Ice Fishermen of Minnesota

by Gary Bloom

Published in Issue No. 288 ~ May, 2021

Every spring despite the warnings

another car goes down.

The small cities are built

and rebuilt each winter

disappearing each spring.

Occasionally an ice house

loses its footing

and slips into the water.


The fishermen always believe

the ice will hold

at least for one more day

and no one wants to be

the first one out.


Underneath the ice

there are ancient cities

as old as the ice age.



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Gary Bloom has been writing articles, poetry, and short stories for more than 20 years, with credits in Breath & Shadow, The Educated Traveler, Milwaukee Magazine, The Buffalo News, The Grand Rapids Press, Grit, Cappers, Oasis, and other magazines, websites, and newspapers. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and worked for many years as a computer programmer and database administrator. Now retired, he spends his time writing and traveling. He lives in Pass Christian, Mississippi.