Ray Andrews

Salmon River Fishing - Poem by Ray Andrews

Salt air licks my beard
As we ride adventure's current
Cheered on by gulls
We begin that ancient game

Our anchor holds fast
A river pushing to the sea
As the mystery unfolds
We shall see what we shall see

Waiting for a strike
Our nemisis a seal
Flaunts a captured salmon
As we ply our wicked hooks

A symphony unfolds
The ocean roars
A pelican soars
River otters splash together

Sun drying on parched faces
We smell of bait and sweat
Ready to interpose
On timeless spawning beds

Bam! ! Fish on!
A truck grabbing my line
My heart jumps out of my chest
The battle is set

My pole doubles over
And my line unreels
We release the anchor
The fighter gives tow

Did you see that? ?
The monster twists and flies
Blurred chrome and fin
An apparition from the deep

Exhausted from the fray
Our opponent pauses
But summons energy
As he sees net and club

Close to our boat
Approbations all around
Big, bright, sea lice
He's fresh from the sea!

No bird in the hand
Broken hook-Oh no! He's gone!
A tale for the future
He'll grow on and on

Comments about Salmon River Fishing by Ray Andrews

  • (12/9/2005 9:54:00 AM)

    I liked this one! It reminds me of when I went home from Iraq to Alaska during Salmon season. Fishing in the river was awesome! Thanks Ray for this poem. Keep up the good work.

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  • (12/5/2005 6:05:00 AM)

    I loved this Ray! I've never fished in salt water but we often dream of going. That must really be fun. I loved how you describe the smell of bait and sweat...........yeah, fishing gets pretty stinky but it's a ''good stink''. I'm glad you posted this. What a treat! Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 4, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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