My father never taught me,
he was too busy being a good father
or a good engineer.
I flail, land, and intertwine transparent line,
but the fish know my ruse.
I’m casting by moonlight
fluidly but something is different:
a change in the stars, perhaps,
or a new nightingale coo.
And the river is turned, sucked
into the mountains
instead of the sea.
The moon, not knowing what she does,
turns her bright face closer
To smell the night air fresh with closeness before unknown.
Who wouldn’t take pause to notice
the peat, the pine, the discrete nothing
and everything of a mountain river?
And the river lifts
and I’m still casting
like an idiot,
just swinging that fucking stick,
like an owner shaking a ball before an excited dog,
into the river now above me.
And the river lifts out of its bed
dropping rain and minnows
onto its barren and rocky bed
on its path towards the peaks,
a dense one with malice in its head.
Spring catalysts turn to fountains,
for deer and huckleberry
displacing water into air.
Fawns prance like children in sprinklers.
The moon is down.
The night alive with change,
a new order, a new geography.
Scientists will calculate and strain:
drinking coffee and sit cinder eyed
at flows and screens.
And I will fish.