bonds by ponds

Fishing with Dad

Sharing Stories
February 13, 2023 at 5:19 p.m.
April and her fishin' father.
April and her fishin' father. April Ryan



Dad steered the cabin cruiser to his favorite fishing spot.
Puget Sound reflected moon and starlight sparkly ripples
on the trailing wake, like Rockettes in a precision dance.

The boat slowed to trolling speed, lucky fishing declared.
Bait disguising hooks into enticing breakfast temptation,
lines drop as the coral painted sky glows in sunup dawn.

My pole bent into an arc, I was ready to reel in a big one,
but an inner tube landed on deck, a waterlogged surprise.
Dad advised, “It’s not about the fish; it’s about the fishing.”

Those were great times, baiting a hook, learning patience,
fish shrewdly stealing our bait, and glorious conversations.
The sound of water slapping the boat like soft bongo drums,
a lunch of tuna sandwiches, Mom’s joke, “catch-of-the-day.”

Not about the fish: I remember Dad’s joy reeling in salmon.

April Ryan retired Seattle bus driver, good friend, hardworking and prolific Sharing Stories poet and writer.

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