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Books: Writing The West (Fly Fishing 2010)

Literary reviews of the Northern Rockies

Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck

Back 40: Bewitched

The poetry of fishing into the sunset

Written by Jack Jelinski  
March 2010


Behind the beaver dam

the water shimmered silver clouds
reflecting the twilight sky.

Rippling surface circles
barely betrayed trout sipping midges
that barely caught my eye.

Still as a heron I waited
as the pond blushed beautifully to pink
when the sun began to die.

Bewitched by this opalescent silence
I wandered beyond, toward my own death,
and forgot to cast my fly.