On Fishing

f–shshshsh

goes the line
cast from the reel
to be hauled in until
the float, hook and wet bait

                                     drip

                  drip

drip

as they are pulled up for inspection

to be cast again

f–shshshsh

                                drip

                  drip

drip

f–shshshsh

it is the fisherman’s mantra
calling not all things ichthyic
but ONE fish

for the laws of fishing
imprinted in the genetic code
of every algae
hiding every pike
is this: the big one is out there

it’s not about the bait
it’s not about the wait
it’s not about the broken hook or lost float
or the cold feet
it’s about belief: THE BIG ONE IS OUT THERE.

f–shshshsh

fishing

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