Like nearly all the island lads
he couldn’t swim a stroke,
yet brought his skin back whole
from three straight sinkings
on the Murmansk Run.
He drowned off a fishing boat
the familiar coast of home
slipping from his eyes.
Ian Macdonald was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and currently lives in Arcata, California. He has earned his bread and beer in various ways, from flower picker to factory hand, merchant marience officer to high school teacher. His chapbooks Plotting the Course and Transit Report are published by March Street Press.