Fishing lesson


What are sinkers for -- question

asked father by son, 


age eight, first fishing pole 

dragged backward, tip in dirt.


So baited hook won't float

past the hole, swirl away


downstream, The hole 

has the action. Sinkers


keep the hooked stuck,

drifting slow -- they dance,


twirl, wait to escape,

hope to live again, skip free,


find some grass, maybe feast. 

Keep you pole up, son.

                              Timothy Pilgrim