Archive for July 24th, 2013


Poetry of What Was……………..

Barn Window SB

Abandoned Farmhouse

BY Ted Kooser

He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.
A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.
Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm–a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.

Catch & Release: How To………….

Saw this nice how to release trout graphic on FB. It was put out there by the Central Oregon Fly Fishers. Almost a given with many fly fishers, catch & release is a noble tool to sustain the fishery, share the resource and pay reverence to nature’s treasures. Without pontificating here, it is always good to remind one’s self of the basics and this is a nice graphic to do that.

COFF Release ChartCatch & Release is a constant for me. Mostly because I just don’t eat that much fish anymore nor enjoy the hassle of catch and clean. When Fly Fishers have outings they sometimes keep hatchery fish for a fish fry. Their rationale is the fish caught and killed are hatchery fish and not worthy of release because they compete with the ‘wild’ strains of trout in the watershed.

Something about that does not set well anymore…with me. The science justifies the kill. The current, righteous high ground justifies the kill.

I will just slip them all back into the water until the hatchery fish go away by planning not killing…at least in those wild trout watersheds.

released trout

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