Ankle-deep clear splash runs by,
Whilst I stand, feet dry.

The dappled belly curve of it
Half hides the shimmer.

Languishing in water’s lap,
This way and that to catch the light.

Every shining silver scale
Flashing bright.

I feel my weight and only watch
Effortless grace.

Yet I do not envy
The ceaseless pull,
The liquid breath,
The long cold wait for pike, or beak,
Or hook.



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