beaded trout

Redding Road

There is no Redding at the end of the road
that skirts the levee top,
Schellville down to Wingo where the pavement stops,
graveled past the last remaining cabins east side of the bridge.
Then, leans right through a locked gate past China Slough,
unwinding across a sinking island to the Big Ditch,
where flat-bottomed gaff-rigged schooners loaded summer hay
and sailed back on the ebb
through San Pablo to San Francisco Bay.
Camp 3,
where Jackie Meyers, God rest his gentle soul,
grew up chasing dust devils, steelhead, and ducks,
where I used ride shotgun in my daddy's Jeeps,
hunt, and fish,
and drive him back at the end of his days
to where the road, un graveled, veers East at the gum wood,
then, climbs straight up the levee top
to where he fished for the ones that got away,
the endless sparkling days that muddy slide,
San Pablo to San Francisco Bay,
then out,
out to shining sea
where all the water my father and Jackie Meyers fished,
where all of us will gather,
at the end of Redding Road.

Jabez Churchill


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


Jabez Churchill Biography

Jabez Churchill is the current poet laureate of Ukiah. He teaches foreign language courses at Mendocino and Santa Rosa Junior Colleges. He is a long time poetry instructor with California Poets in the schools and is a well loved personality in the poetry performance scenes in Northern California.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.