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Moon Fishing - Poem by Lisel Mueller

When the moon was full they came to the water.
some with pitchforks, some with rakes,
some with sieves and ladles,
and one with a silver cup.

And they fished til a traveler passed them and said,
"Fools,
to catch the moon you must let your women
spread their hair on the water --
even the wily moon will leap to that bobbing
net of shimmering threads,
gasp and flop till its silver scales
lie black and still at your feet."

And they fished with the hair of their women
till a traveler passed them and said,
"Fools,
do you think the moon is caught lightly,
with glitter and silk threads?
You must cut out your hearts and bait your hooks
with those dark animals;
what matter you lose your hearts to reel in your dream?"

And they fished with their tight, hot hearts
till a traveler passed them and said,
"Fools,
what good is the moon to a heartless man?
Put back your hearts and get on your knees
and drink as you never have,
until your throats are coated with silver
and your voices ring like bells."

And they fished with their lips and tongues
until the water was gone
and the moon had slipped away
in the soft, bottomless mud.


Comments about Moon Fishing by Lisel Mueller

  • Gold Star - 104,604 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (2/20/2019 10:00:00 PM)

    The narration of the story poem is simply superb. Loved it. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 54,526 Points Practicing Poetess (2/20/2019 8:42:00 PM)

    Fools they were.
    But, you lost me at why they didn't die after they cut out their hearts.
    A creative and imaginative write! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 53,494 Points James Mclain (2/20/2019 12:06:00 PM)

    Tall trees,
    The moon is full and leaves of green
    And bushes
    In dark shadows i have stood. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Fishing

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  2. 2. Moon Fishing , Lisel Mueller
  3. 3. Hiawatha's Fishing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Fishing In Troubled Water , Hasmukh Amathalal
  5. 5. Fishing For A Friend , omar ibrahim
  6. 6. When The Fishing Boats Go Out , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  7. 7. Salmon-Fishing , Robinson Jeffers
  8. 8. Off To The Fishing Ground , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. 9. Fishing , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  10. 10. Part 1 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  11. 11. Part 3 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  12. 12. I'D Rather Be Fishing , Juan Olivarez
  13. 13. Fishing Song: To J.A. Froude And Tom Hug.. , Charles Kingsley
  14. 14. Part 2 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  15. 15. Part 10 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  16. 16. Max And Moritz Fishing , Wilhelm Busch
  17. 17. Your Fishing Pole , Kathleen J. Shields
  18. 18. Night Fishing , Christopher Howell
  19. 19. A Poem Of Hunting, Fishing, And A Truck , Glaedr the poet
  20. 20. Part 6 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  21. 21. Part 7 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  22. 22. Part 4 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  23. 23. Part 5 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  24. 24. Part 8 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
  25. 25. Part 9 Of Trout Fishing In America , Richard Brautigan
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  40. 40. Fishing For Love , shannon lowery
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  42. 42. Fishing Fun , Mary Nagy
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