First Fish



As just a young lad

I went fishing with Dad

His knowledge being passed


I woke with a yawn

As it was just dawn

No time for any breakfast


Thought weโ€™d catch a few

At the special spot he knew

Where trees provided some shade


He fashioned my line

And I did just fine

With the first cast that I made


Then I reeled it in

And to my chagrin

There was no fish to be had


I tried a few more

But just like before

No catches made me sad


Why donโ€™t the fish bite?

Do they only eat at night?

What am I doing so wrong?


Are these fish too smart?

When does the fun start?

Why did I come along?


This does not seem fun

To not catch even one

Why do people love this so


And filling my head

Were thoughts of my bed

And why I said I would go


Then the hundredth time

I cast out my line

I knew what it was about


Amazed when I looked

At the fish on my hook

I had caught my very first trout


I smiled all day

No others came to play

But I didnโ€™t really care


I was not so cursed

Finally snared my first

And so happy to be there


There is no denying

Rewards come from trying

A good lesson to be had


And nothing more fun

Then a young son

Fishing with his Dad




16 Responses to “First Fish”
  1. beth says:

    what a sweet, beautiful ode to childhood, dad, and the simple yet incredibly powerful experiences of life

  2. KENDI KARIMI says:

    Wow. You ha e painted this so well. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค—

  3. DC Gilbert says:

    Nice. I really like this poem. It brought back great memories of fishing, both with my dad and my grandfather.

  4. Jim Borden says:

    great poem; I like both the story it tells and the rhyming structure – well done, Brad!

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I love the lesson, the sense of nostalgia it brings, and now I want to go fishing!! Lol. Very nicely done!

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A beautiful poem to those childhood moments that we will always remember and cherish. Great work my friend.

  7. This poetry flows with an innocent touch, a touch of nature, a touch of togetherness and ya of course the fish. Its a heart warming tale of adventure, that will put a smile to anyone’s face ๐Ÿ™‚

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