Walter Mencken 11:31 a.m., Feb. 1
- Charging ahead, the churning freight-liner
- was flashing purple neon like a nineteen-fifties diner
- through pectoral fins splayed wide and stable,
- taking flight with one swift thrust of its tail.
- The great fish bolted skyward, shaking itself free
- earning a brief education of man’s evil trickery —
- The long days and nights spent in precise preparation;
- The short, frantic battle that followed such long anticipation;
- The savings spent on food, fuel and a plethora of bait;
- The hiring of the boat, a sturdy captain and one sober mate —
- All of this lost in no more than just a few seconds,
- yet the thrill of fighting another big blue marlin beckons.