October 18th…“WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BOY IN MINNESOTA, DID YOU AND YOUR DAD HAVE A SPECIAL FATHER AND SON OUTING?”
Prologue: My hardworking father, Russell, was usually consumed with the rigors of farming and seeing that his family had food on the table each day. Yet, there was a very special day when work was set aside for some cherished time with me. We took a fishing trip up the gravel road to the north of our farm to a body of water known as Rice Lake. Today’s poem describes that special time with my dad.
POEM – “You’d Be Amazed” by N. Elliott Noorlun
You’d be amazed, How a bamboo pole,
And time away, That we gladly stole,
From farming’s chores, That steal away,
Those happy day’s hours, That are meant for play.
But on this day, My dad took time,
To spend with me, Which was sublime.
For often, I had, Done some wishin’,
Now here, this day, We’d do some fishin’.
“Get the pole, my boy, Too long for the car”,
“This fishing toy, Is long by far!”,
“You’ll need to grip, That bamboo spar”,
“Outside the window, Of our car!”.
So down the dusty, Road we flew,
Watch out fish!!, Here comes we two.
Arriving at a lake, That folk called, Rice,
We found a spot, We thought was nice.
Skewered worm, Upon the hook,
Plastic bobber, Where I’d look,
To see if mighty, Bullhead would,
Bite that fish hook, Like he should.
Sure enough, When time was right,
That big ol’ Bullhead, Made his bite.
My dad yelled, “YANK!, And set the hook!”,
I did and caused, My pole to crook!,
That bamboo bent, Near 90 degree,
Now fish outta water, Flying right at me!,
I ducked, It flew, Right o’er my head,
And hit the ground, But it t’weren’t dead.
It flopped and flipped, All o’er the place,
Till Dad smacked fish, Right in fish face.
Such fun adventures, With Dad that day,
When we ran from work, For a day of play! 😉