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"trout fishing viii" - George DeChant

do be the old lady
don’t swallow the fly

don’t hesitate
but use some caution
in casting the line

drink to the gills
with clarity of gin
and the tonic of
pleasure

don’t swallow the fly
gently unzip it

make like fun
with a life that
does not need
batteries

wiggle and jiggle
then make jokes
about pickles

but don’t be the old lady
who does not know why
she didn’t do what was obvious to try

catch the trout
and release

into the abandon of
reckless yearning