Well, I am a fisherman and find the comparison of fishing and writing shares that unique combination of anticipation and patience.


Fishing Trip

Writing, like fishing, is mostly anticipation
An anxiousness that builds for weeks
over the lure of words,
the perfect feathered phrase, dropped lightly
Waking mornings, ready
and more ready each day
and looking forward now
packing tackle boxes
testing lines of thought
Selection, always weighing
the strength of rod
against the hunted fish

Too much metaphor perhaps,
but the pull is always there
Lazy times between these trips
and busy with the busyness
of other things
And then I’ve been away too long
from remembered ponds
and long slow casts
among the water lilies
Anticipation as the sun gets low
a catching of breath
in slow retrieves

I know it’s time to fish again
laying a fly lightly, gently
natural as my skills allow,
then watching the drift, fingering line
Every sense awake and focused
for a time in this illusion
of natural life
And if I’ve patience and any skill at all
to do it lovingly enough,
ripples rise, tailing before the strike
and the moment stretches
far beyond these waters

Poetry Collection: The Smell of Tweed and Tobacco
This poem is included in
Jim Freeman’s
poetry collection

THE SMELL OF TWEED
AND TOBACCO

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