20170317Doyle takes his boat upriver before the winter sets in. By Thomas Lynch.

A tale by Thomas Lynch - the award-winning American essayist, poet and undertaker - set in the far North of his home state, Michigan.

The Upper Peninsula has more trees than people, and a glorious autumn of colour will soon be followed by a long, cold snowy winter. Every year, before the weather sets in, Doyle Shields must take his boat up river to the marina where it will be stored until the spring. Now 90, as he makes his slow progress upstream, he can't help thinking of those he's lost.

Directed by Kate McAll

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.