Trout Fishing

We fished three days for trout, biting
gitzits, crawlers, spinners, dry flies, wet
flies, may flies, nymphs, streamers
and found them each time on the ends
of our lines just barely willing to tug, our
rods only narrowly arching from reel to
shivering tip, and once landed, touched
by our human hands, and strung they would
in 10 minutes go rigid in the shallow bank water.
So we grew tired of this, of the endless non-struggle,
their apathy towards death, and we stopped fishing
for trout. We turned our attention to the small mouthed
bass, them fiercely avoiding death all the while, and
thought to ourselves we could only kill these animals
that resist so impossibly their fate.

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