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Fishing For Poems

I love to go fishing for poems,
out into the world with no agenda
and follow my nose, walk or drive
or sometimes even dance
to where I can feel
the poems will be biting.

Then all I need to do
is sit there lazy
with a line
tied to my bare foot,

and they come, they come,
eager for the bait
of my unbusied mind,

knowing they are safe,
that I will give them back
more lovely than ever,
pristine
as the day God made them.

by Max Reif

Comments (5)

You present your poems in such an unvarnished, accessible way Max - which makes them quite delightful. The fishing metaphor is wonderful. I recall a book called the Tao of Pooh in which the author (whose name escapes me) explains his process of writing like this. I just let the book write itself and keep up as best as I can. Perhaps your fishing with an 'unbusied mind' is something like this. love, Allie xxxx
Yes! That's my strategy, or non-strategy, of selecting reading material too. Then again there's selection by name, knowing that their pieces are GOING to be top notch. Guess who falls into that cateogory. :) Love the relaxed tone of this.. a serene and erudite piece. t x
The 'unbusied mind' - the perfect breeding place for poetic inspiration. That state of hyper-awareness - not quite in or out of touch with reality, where all things are possible. You have turned a light-hearted little offering into a real piece of brilliance. Which only goes to show that those with pure talent can make a masterpiece out of something as simple as fishing! Linda
Agree with Amanda there. Looks like you've been fishing today: -) Clair x
I especially like the third stanza.