It leaps, breaking the skin of the lake of possibility, this thing that flashes steelâ€” this trout of a poem, wild with life, rainbow scales and spiny fins. Now, for patience, the pull of the catch:
I cast, wait for the jerkâ€”the tug of the hook in bony jawâ€” feel the line go taut. The ballet begins, a wrestle to land this flailing, feral thingâ€”all thrash and edgeâ€” and tame it into telling its own muscular story.
I heave it over the edge of its arrival, glorious, fighting the whole way, slippery as language. Its beauty twitches on the floor boards, its glisten spilling over the bottom of my notebook page.