Silence slipped past blade of the paddle
slicing the stillness of morning waters,
smooth and tranquil, glistening wet,
dripping the dazzle of a trillion diamonds cast
by the whimsy of the surreal mountain sunrise.
His patient tones beckoned boarding
with careful instruction, lovingly delivered.
Ripples from our silent craft lapped hungrily at the shore
gliding in tune to the trance of lake’s lure and
peanut butter and jelly breakfast,
as shadows overlaid the shallow shoals and catch promises
beneath the swimmer-less docks of Spring.
Bamboo arched over his shoulder in deliverance
of open bailed lessons, the snap and whir
as finger pointed in release to bubbling targets close to shore.
Elusive pisces temptation in red-headed chartreuse
sinking just enough and wiggling below the surface
in tune to his deftly timed wrist jerks, studiously observed.
Perseverance and practice defined, taught,
thrown and reeled in artful succession
until the trawl-ending surprise
of the catch…
the fight of weighty pole entrusted to me.
First fish, once captured and admired,
shared in unforgettable smiles…
his wish fulfilled and locked in memory.
Large-mouthed, splendidly alive and sizeable,
iridescently scaled in sequined verdigris beauty,
Released again into the wild…
another lesson of his astounding love,
the undeniable respect in the way he
observes, pleases, and cossets all things.
His only wish… to be loved equally
and nurtured in return.
We are preseason intruders in this haven…
privileged to the quality and opportunity of time,
enriched by her offerings,
fallen captives of life’s line, bait and nibble
learning, laughing, investing in the simplicities of life.
We rest entwined in her inviting privacy and promise,
hooked on the allure of human warmth and nature’s bounty,
afloat on dawn’s delight.