Dogs 2007

ANTI-ANGLER
(8/4/07)


I do not
understand
those my age
and their enthusiasm
to get
a rod
and reel
in hand
at every
opportunity

oh
I like to eat
all varieties
and variations
of seafood
but to endure
the heat
the mosquitoes
(I particularly
hate
the insects)
the inconveniences
of travel
and gear
to actually catch
fish and the like
just does not
make much
sense
to me

this
was not
always true

as a child
as a teenager
being a denizen
of a dry
West Texas
oilfield flatland
I dreamed
of those mountain
excursions and escapes
to cooler climes
placid lakes
and forested
surroundings
and actually enjoyed
all of the encumbering
accoutrements
of the endeavor

I think that
the turning point
was my time
on Kodiak
at Narrow Cape
where during
the salmon runs
I could wade out
into the streams
like some ursine
abortion
and catch
all the fish
that I could clutch
and return
to shore

it seemed more
like a fair fight
going into their element
grappling the jumping
twisting
slippery
ascending beasts
and struggling
to the bank
maintaining
a tenuous grip
while tight-roping
through slick
mossy
rock mazes
defining
the rushing
water

now that's
fishing

fuck the
bait
lures
poles
licenses
tangled line
and of course
those damned
blood suckers

I would rather
gather notions
from nitwits
and fools

however

I do hope
that the statute
of limitations
has long since
run out
on the salmon
poaching