Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Learning to Fish"

This poem came out of the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

"Learning to Fish"

This is one of the things
I remember from spending
weekends with my grandparents:

learning to fish on the shores
of Lake Shelbyville.

It was not so much a lesson
as an observation, an opportunity
to watch and then discover by doing.

It was climbing around on rocks
and exploring sand and seeing
the shad running in the shallows
until I became curious about
the actual fishing.

This is the way I learned

how to handle the equipment,
Grandpa's simple pole and
Grandma's more complex reel
that nobody else could manage,

how to be careful with things
that were sharp or slippery,

how to flick the line through the air
so that it settled in the right place,

how to watch for the subtle twitch
of the bobber when the fish bit,

how to hold onto the pole
even when the fish pulled it,

how to hunt for my supper
and reel it in to shore,

how to clean the fish
and then cook them in
all the different recipes,

how to recognize
the different fish we caught,
and where they liked to hide
and what they liked to eat,

how to read the weather and
the seasons to know when
it was a good time to go fishing,

how to think like a fish
and remember the flavor
of cool spawning days and
warm muggy feeding days.

I learned many things on
those lazy days in spring and
summer on the shore of the lake,
but most of all, I learned

how to be patient.

* * *


Fishing is a fun family hobby. You can learn a lot from it.

Nature is an important part of family life. It teaches children many things.
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