At this opening of trees

he finds his place again,

water slow around the boulders,

sun streaks needle thin


Grabs a spinner,

nightmare blue with hidden hooks,

lines sever shadows

everywhere he looks


If he conjures skill enough and luck,

something from deep down

will spear the surface

and lure him from the ground


It needn’t be trout

or bass: channel cat,

pumpkin head, anything

that leaps will flash

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