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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: The Fisher's Friend
By Sandra Petersen
02/05/07


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The night before our fishing trip,
The one my Grandpa planned,
I dreamed about the catch we’d get
To fry up in our pan.

At crack of dawn before the sun
Came peering through the shade,
I heard my Grandpa’s cheerful cry,
“Don’t make those fishes wait!”

The Chevy truck found every bump
Along the old lake road,
And once or twice I looked behind
To check upon the boat.

My Grandpa rowed out to the weeds
Where bugs and dragonflies
Danced and droned in lazy flight
Before our very eyes.

We baited hooks and cast our lines,
Then settled in to wait,
For patience is the fisher’s friend,
A necessary trait.

The hours passed by without a bite,
But Grandpa wasn’t fretting.
He knew that sometimes fish aren’t caught
Until the sun is setting.

I got quite bored just sitting there
And failed to understand
Why Grandpa, with his wisdom,
Did not row back to land.

When the setting sun dipped low
To kiss the distant shore,
To my surprise, my line snapped taut,
What I had waited for.

With my one fish to bring back home,
My Grandpa was content.
He taught me much upon that day,
And that was time well-spent.


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Betty Castleberry02/08/07
Ahh...patience. The friend of every fisherman. This was very entertaining. Good rhyme and meter, too.
william price02/10/07
Superb! Entertaining and well crafted. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 02/10/07
I'd love to see this delightful poem illustrated. Very well done.
Sally Hanan02/10/07
You should try submitting this to an educational type of publsher - they often have books that need a variety of material for the kids to read.
Joanne Malley02/10/07
Sweet poem, great meter and rhyme. Good job! Blessings, Jo
Sheri Gordon02/10/07
So sweet. Grandkids learn the best lessons from their grandpas (& grandmas). And a really easy read.
Laurie Glass02/11/07
Heartwarming poem that brought a smile to my face.
Jacquelyn Horne02/14/07
Enjoyed reading this. Well done and humorous too.