long whipping

signaling the sky of it's grand maneuver

wilderness onlooking

can not steal his eyes from the whistling reel that finds it's mark

fish do you see the lovely fly forthcoming

tied so carefully

to make you SNAP the line

and lift your brown speckled grace


and the excitement it brings to the fisherman's face

to causes an expected explosion

of excitement in the fisherman's heart

the water is swirling

as the line is unfurling

wading and waiting


a fire and pan

is there anything as grand

as that dance of fish and man

a more delicious dish

that wildly fulfilled wish

trout will be on the menu

as "the blue plate special" today


Ruth Newell Aug. 17, 2011 @ 9:51 a.m.

"wading and waiting


So very lovely, Nan. Nice pictures, too!


nan shartel Aug. 17, 2011 @ 9:58 a.m.

thx so much sweetie...just a little personal reminder to get out and fish more often ;-D


Ruth Newell Aug. 18, 2011 @ 9:18 a.m.

You are witty.

So, --not to change the subject--but do I understand that you are on your way north to OR? And, how was the movie?


nan shartel Aug. 18, 2011 @ 11:23 a.m.

i am hoping to go up to Oregon in the Fall...if i don't feed the need for colors changing every year or two i begin to get as mentally crumpled and brown as the foliage in the Great Northwest...i lived up there for 16 years and have never gotten over it...the 4 seasons i mean....the scenery along Highway 84 which runs next to the Columbia River and the Coastal mountains foliage are so beautiful they'd bring a dead man back to life!!!!!!

i even (like a goofball) plant bulbs here in October to have them rot and die or not wait for official Spring to bloom

sometimes i get the crazy idea i must plant Sunflowers.....and fields of Daffodils like in the BIG FISH....this year i plant Hollyhocks....hahahahahahahahaha...i used to watch them grow 6 feet tall thru cracks in the sidewalk in Smallvile (my little Oregon town..pop approx 1000)

the movie was corny and terrific in that way that life sometimes is...the message was superlative and brought back memories of that chaotic time in the country

i left a comment in Scott Marks Blog a review of The Help which is more succinct

if u'd like to read it..his review was it's usual snarky ;-S


Ruth Newell Aug. 18, 2011 @ 11:35 a.m.

Dead men back to life? You don't say? Never been up that way in the autumn although I do love driving the Columbia River Gorge. I've not yet seen the movie, the Big Fish, and haven't ever been able to make a Hollyhock come to life although I do force bulbs when stationed in one place for long enough. Sixteen years in VT left me color deprived.

At some point, I'll see The Help as well.

As I've are one witty woman. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face:)


nan shartel Aug. 18, 2011 @ 11:46 a.m.

bringing a smile 2 ur face...what could be nicer...thx Roody!

VT....aargh...put on ur roller skates and we'll tow u up there this fall...not to see fall when ur memories of it so defines u is a mortal sin!!!!!

PS: wear warm clothing


K. Aitken Aug. 17, 2011 @ 10:28 a.m.

Such candance!

"the water is swirling

as the line is unfurling

wading and waiting


a fire and pan

is there anything as grand

as that dance of fish and man"


nan shartel Aug. 17, 2011 @ 10:46 a.m.

do u fish RZ???

i totally trust a man who fishes...hahahahahahaha ;-S


richzombie Aug. 17, 2011 @ 4:07 p.m.

no nan i don't fish ...i enjoyed that when i was eight years old though in new hampshires brooks and streams and miss that simplicity but most of all miss the cool fresh water running along passing me by . but no fishing for me haha maybe skipping rocks but that would frighten the fish away ...


nan shartel Aug. 18, 2011 @ 8:56 a.m.

aaaaaaaahhhhh 2 bad...but fishing is often just a reason to find flowing water... green and sandy banks and time to relax completely

skipping stones is an art...i love to do it!!


nan shartel Aug. 17, 2011 @ 10:45 a.m.

just a little "in the here and now" example of the elegant focus u need to fly fish Isadora

lure fishing is more fight to set the hook...but fishing for Bass with a lure is TRUELY exciting a small sample of ocean fishing 4 Marlin

and Bass taste SO GOOD!!! ;-D


quillpena Aug. 17, 2011 @ 9:06 p.m.

lovely poem, nan. i can see the entire drama playing out in my mind. i used to fish a lot with my cousins when I was a kid but sort of lost the itch when i became a teenager. i took my daughter fishing five years ago. Every time i baited a hook with a live nightcrawler, i just felt so sorry for the poor writhing creature. i've really turned into quite a softie since my carefree childhood days of attaching worms, crawdads, and minnows to hooks.


nan shartel Aug. 18, 2011 @ 8:59 a.m.

thx Quill...with fly and lure fishing u don't have to bait a hook...and then of course there's catch and release for those who don't want to murder


nan shartel Aug. 18, 2011 @ 4:26 p.m.


nobody fishes anymore

of course the fish like that...lolol


nan shartel Aug. 19, 2011 @ 10:50 a.m.

and the most popular show on TV among men is the "Deadliest Catch"...go figure ;-D


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