Excerpts for Gone Fishing : A Novel in Verse


Sam

NIGHT CRAWLERS

Tercet Variation

Dark night.

Flashlight.

Dad and I hunt worms tonight.

Grass slick.

Worms thick.

Tiptoe near and grab them quick.

Hold firm.

They squirm.

Tug-o-war with earth and worm.

Ninety-four.

Worms galore.

Set our bucket near the door.

Next day.

No delay.

Look out, fish -- we're on our way!

Sam

JUST DAD AND ME

Free Verse Poem

For fishing tomorrow

it's just us two.

Not Mom, not Grandpa,

not Lucy.

It'll be like playing catch or

painting the garage.

Just Dad and me.

Fishing.

Sam

MY TACKLE BOX

Switcheroo Poem

I love my fishing tackle box -- it's green and blue and gold.

My grandpa gave it to me when I wasn't very old.

I need to get it ready for tomorrow at the lake.

We're leaving in the morning just as soon as we're awake.

One tiny click and now my treasure chest is open wide.

A shelf with lots of little spaces holds my gear inside.

My silver sinkers, wiggle worms, my floating frogs, my line.

My shiny spinner lures, my bobbers, hooks--there're 29.

The shelf is on a hinge--it hides my secret space below.

It's where I keep my special treasures out of sight--OH NO!

. . . Where's my compass?

Where's my map?

Where's my lucky fishing cap?

Where's my stringer?

Something's wrong!

This princess doll does not belong!

. . . What is this?

A throne?

A crown?

A polka-dotted circus clown?

A tiny bottle of perfume?

I smell Lucy in my room!

Lucy

FISHING FOR PRETEND

Dramatic Poem for One, Quatrains

Oh, Sam--you're here. Come on, let's play!

I'm fishing for pretend tonight.

It's fun to use your gear this way.

Hold on, I think I have a bite.

Your map's a paper fishing boat.

Your compass is the steering wheel.

I think our boat could really float.

It would be fun to fish for real.

Your stringer makes a tiny lake.

I didn't crumple up your map.

Your compass works--it didn't break.

I sure do like your fishing cap.

I didn't snoop--I made a trade.

Stay here, sit down, don't go away.

Don't you like the boat I made?

Your fishing stuff is fun--come play!



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