Lake of Two Mountains

As the sun sets on the Lake of Two Mountains,
a kingfisher named Prometheus
swoops down to steal fire from the sunfish.
Hard to believe that we walked on this water,
like gods, just a few months ago, Tristan,
when all of this was nothing
but a blinding white wasteland,
and we could scarcely remember what planet we were on.
What a magical, terrifying place this is: a land,
that can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be
the Garden of Eden or the Surface of the Moon.

—John Faithful Hamer, Blue Notes (2017)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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