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A Poem by Veronica Michalowski: "Sinker 4-11-2017"

Sinker-Photo courtesy of author


6 year-old neophyte angler

begins his journey

after daybreak

surf fishing with his Father

vacant beach

Jersey shore

steadies the rod

practices the cast

again and


until a nod from The Master

says he’s ready

ties the lure, live bait

on the hook

extends the leader

bait-casts into the sea

reels in


reels in

bare hooks all—

both are joyous

fling rods over their shoulders


bring empty pails

back to Mother

© Veronica Michalowski April 11, 2017

Peter John Paul Michalowski, age 6, Seaside Heights, New Jersey;

photograph taken by his father, Peter Paul Michalowski, dated summer, 1957,

Veronica Michalowski

A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, I received my B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts, Design and Photography.

My career focused in the fields of ideation, branding, marketing, merchandising, packaging and display design, having created for such firms as Microsoft, Epson, Canon USA, Neutrogena, Crayola, Calaway Golf, Geoffrey Beane, Sunkist, Mattel, as well as many California wineries. I have built and worked with outstanding design teams and received both national and international recognition, many awards and acclaim for exceptional design, including two CLIOs.

Interspersed with this creative work has been a contribution to the educational field, having taught fine arts at California State University, Fullerton as well as Riverside City College, Mount San Antonio College, Laguna College of Art and Design.

I continue to design and paint, travel, read everything and write often, especially poetry, do crossword puzzles daily, love to cook, savor fine wine, collect fine art and antiques.

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