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Haiku (Living Art)
by Butch Howard
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Since I was 6 years old I have dreamed of flyfishing in a mountain stream. 43 years later, my dream came true . Photo: Butch Howard

To some this may be
Just another slimy fish
Take a closer look

Itís a gift from God
From His loving hands to mine
Humbly accepted

My first ever caught
On fly rod in mountain stream
lifelong dream fulfilled

Look at these colors!
Painted with His palate pure
Took my dry fly lure

In cold swift current
I returned him to the deep
Memories to keep

Heavenly patterns
Created by the Master
Living art with fins

Many gifts abound
In high desert creation
All for you and me

Butch Howard

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Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 7/14/2007
My father would have agreed wholeheartedly with this.. I love the line 'living art with fins' also.. wonderful!

Reviewed by Katherine Chandler 7/10/2007
'Living art with fins'.. loved this line
Butch. Never been flyfishing myself but
it looks like fun. Congrats on the fish
and this wonderful Haiku. Love, Kate
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 7/8/2007
Gorgeous Brown Trout Butch...Was this your first fish of the mountain adventure? Flyfishing has always been a fascination...from the sensory nature of the mountain streams to the art of tieing the flies and the craft of whipping the rod and still managing the pinpoint placement of the lure in anticipation of the catch. Ahhh... and the catch..He made that as varietal and colorful, not to mention elusive, as any pirates treasure as you have found. Be the treasure the fish, the surroundings, or the grace of the moment He grants caught this fish with your Senryu!


Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/4/2007
Indeed a gift from God, I think if we only take a moment to look we can find beauty in all of God's creatures. The fish is an excellent symbol of God's love and a reminder of how Jesus fed the multitude. A wonderful write my friend...I too see more than a fish, but am glad you had that chance to's a wonderful experience, I too enjoy fishing it's peaceful and is a great time to meditate. Enjoyed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Anna M 7/4/2007
A beautiful piece. I took my baby to look at all the fish in an aquarium the other day and was struck by how much personality was in each of their faces. Better for them to be in a river or the ocean though! Thanks for the lovely & well versed reminder, he/she is a beauty. Glad your dream came true.
Reviewed by jude forese 7/4/2007
great catch & ku poem ... when i was a child i use to make flys but never had the opportunity to go fishing with them, living in the city ...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/3/2007
Very descriptive write on a dream come true! Bet it was worth the wait too! Love the photograph, congratulations....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 7/3/2007

Once again, you attain to Glory, with your mulitple Gifts...first, the Art of Living (in Him)...and then, this Living Art!

What a BEAUTY! Congratulations on every front, Brother! Hugz, Rhonda
Have a Safe & Happy Independence Day
Reviewed by F William Broome 7/3/2007
Butch - You've created a Ku-perfect picture and photo of what it's all about. I never was a good one, but terrible eyesight, now, prevents my even wading into the water, and, perhaps, taking a slip-fall on a rock. I don't envy you, Thankful Fisherman, I cheer you on, and hope you can get back up in those swift streams again, soon. Thank you for a 'feel good' piece of writing. - Bill

Reviewed by Lydia Shutter (Reader) 7/3/2007
An almost spiritual look at fishing! Haiku is another good form for you. Yes, many gifts abound....and I consider your poetry to be one of them! Lydi**
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/3/2007
Butch, great Ku's...great catch

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