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We sit in the canoe
He's in the back, I'm in the front.
A tapered leader twists in the evening breeze.
He hands me the green fly box,
and I open it in awe:
thirty years of collection and selection.

But I don't want the green box.
I reach for the steel case,
the selection of flies like no other.
That box was handmade in England, you know.
Your grandpa tied all the flies in there.
I pop it open.

Fingers touch
the strong black bristles
of a leech-patterned grasshopper.
Eyes scan
the streaming yellow feather of a Mickey Finn.

Finally,
I find it:
the perfect fly,
small brown plumes on both sides
with a soft white tuft on top.

I remove it from the foam ridge.
That's a great fly, Dad comments.
I slip the line through the eye
and tie it on.

Such a little knot
never made
such a strong connection.

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x.l.bart1 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:00 am:
This poem is the best I have ever written. Ever. In my entire life.
 
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ChrisJThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm:
I made a strong connection with this poem. Good job!
 
Wallace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:12 am :
ChrisJ. Thaaaaaaaaaaank yu sooooo muuch.  
 
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