The Tourney by Patricia Hope and Keaton Lake Hope

If people concentrated on the really
important things in life, there’d be a
shortage of fishing poles.

—Doug Larson

He prepares his tackle box
by adding the buzz bait
and crankbait—his favorites.
He has caught hundreds of bass

with both lures: smallmouth,
largemouth, and spotted bass;
white and black crappie, too—
he landed a three-pounder once.

Each time he casts, he hopes
for a smallmouth—they fight
the hardest, but the fisherman
is confident he can win the battle.

After eleven hours on the water,
he comes ashore, hopefully with five
keepers. And if he’s lucky, a top-five
win before he throws them back

so they can swim, and he can fish,
another day.


Image credit: Impressionism image of a fish (staticflickr)

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