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serenity blaze
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0 posted 10-02-2002 06:56 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for serenity blaze

They said the fishing would be good--
the storm had herded the reds in--
they said
the river might be rough
so? We oiled the rods
we went
down
the highway 23--
an hour past
Myrtle Grove--
to the river
over bridge
driving into history.

"You've got to catch the moment..."
Brother Tim began to preach.
Then he stopped to sniff the air.
"No chartreusse
will do tonight--
Speckled trout."
He sniffed again.
"Great big specks,"
he finally grinned.
"They're hungry, and
they're everywhere--
I'm gonna double up the lines."

E.J. said he wanted spoons
and Brother Tim said, "sure."
He took the lure and tossed it--far--
and in a quiet baritone
he said,
"No metal will be used tonight--
unless you want
to swim in cuffs."

We never argued with Brother Tim--
not about the fish.
But certain words were not allowed--
things we would not tolerate--
like dates of the apocalypse--
conspiracy of government--
and how they put a microchip
so deep within his nose
that everytime
he smelled redfish
it began to run.

Most times, we let his mouth run,
sometimes? He was a grappling fish,
just try to reel him back to land--
a big red on an 8lb. test...
When he got too bad for ears
I took his doughnuts wickedly
and held them hostage off the pier--
I simply warned "Shut up."

But that is when I looked at him
and saw the glisten under his nose--
I said very quiet--"Tim?
Is it time for chartreuse?"
He wiped a finger across slime
and then he went to work.
Two green lures he gave our line--
but Big Tim tied his own for thirds.

We caught fish till our arms ached.
That storm had spawned a suicide.
A school of reds had traveled north.
My legs were shaking in the tide
in careful foot upon the rocks
watching river warily
rise from thighs up to my waist
and water filled my white shrimp boots...

We hid an ice chest by the Fort--
and fished a half an hour more
and caught a fortune's fine in fish--
all too healthy to throw back.

I wanted to take off my boots
and let the fish just hop on in.
That's how hungry those fish were--
Brother Tim's nose
ran with reds...

[This message has been edited by serenity blaze (10-02-2002 07:18 AM).]

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1 posted 10-02-2002 09:55 AM       View Profile for Professor Gloom   Email Professor Gloom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Professor Gloom's Home Page   View IP for Professor Gloom

You tell an interesting story
Thatís the problem with fishing
Sometimes you catch too many fish.

Gloom
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2 posted 10-02-2002 11:51 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

serenity

I caught a big red once....I had just touched my worm to the water when zap!!!  My rod broke in half (okay, so it wasn't put together properly in the first place) and I ended  up with my line jumbled in the brambles.  Alas, I had to call for help...and it was the worst tasting fish I ever tried to eat.

Does Tim hire out for fishing trips?  Lately I haven't had much luck.  By the way...loved the poem and the story that went with it.

PS...is Tim a relative of lambe?
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3 posted 10-02-2002 12:27 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Only you could make a slightly deranged brother with a bloody nose into a Biblical/Isidore throwin' mastermess.

Love this, Sen! Keep stretchin' out! (I will, too)
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4 posted 10-02-2002 12:37 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

(smiling) Ser...this screams at me... perhaps hitting too close to some of my own understanding for me to take in completely during one read...

you now have to tell me more of Brother Tim.... the hows the whys the connections...
you can't leave me hanging or the microchip in my nose will start whining until it drives me deaf...


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um--popping in for a quick giggle--this is just a fictionalized account of a very real person who has vexed our lives for some time. I couldn't possibly make this guy up. It was actually inspired by him showing up at our door last night in full fishing gear--urging us to go with him down to Fort Jackson area--which is, a kind of dangerous thing to do at this time--but Brother Tim insisted we'd be safe as long as we were with him, because, after all, "he was fishing for the Lord" (he'd promised a local church the all of his catch) Shaking my head at Ron---oh yes, lots of stories to tell about him--and Martie? I think Iambe would kick his butt--but it was indeed inspired by the style of Iambe'. Sigh. I'm sort of glad Tim believes that the internet is "the beast" of Revelations--wouldn't wanna get sued. grinning. Thanks.
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I've renewed my faith in fishing because of Brother Tim. But alas, I don't have even the patience for fish that WANT to be caught.
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actually, I'm kind of worried about him--haven't heard back from him yet...(shaking my head here, my life is ridiculous)
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oh...and Martie? I don't care for "blackened redfish" either--but if you have filet? Try coating in a combo mustard/honey bath, and? I prefer unseasoned "Fish fry"--cut the fish into strips, it cooks more evenly that way (redfish is rather thick) and deep fry.

OR? Just clean and bake brushing with a vinagrette (sp.?) lemon juice and a touch of cajun spice. Excellent with a Chablis!
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I think Brother Tim should join the Iambe family, Serenity...this was a marvelous write...
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10 posted 10-07-2002 03:04 PM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

you caught...


     .....the moment


beautiful
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pssssssst....

Bri?

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12 posted 10-11-2002 09:06 AM       View Profile for Marshalzu   Email Marshalzu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marshalzu's Home Page   View IP for Marshalzu

I read this yesterday and got pulled away before I could reply, but I'm glad I got a chance to read it again as it is such a wondeful poem, thanks for sharing

Andrew
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just peeking in to letcha know: been here, read that. you're a wonder, k... (echoing mike all the way) ~m
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serenity~ You should have let me know you were coming down hwy 23, I would have told the local law dogs to check your catch for undersize and over limit fish...LOL Paul
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damn--Paul---I thought you lived the other way! How's yer momanem?

OH...and you should check out "seeing reds" as if you live "dataway" I'm sure you are seeing plenty!

Thanks all...

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Senerity~ Born and Raised in Venice.
Transplanted to North Shore
Camped out at Fort Jackson when the only way to get inside was by boat.
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17 posted 10-24-2002 03:56 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

hey Paullie! Great fishing there---I've caught alot of flounder there too--quite by accident tho--don't much care for the stuff--it's kind of a fishy fish...*wrinkles nose*

EXCEPT when I do this with it--I have someone prepare it for "stuffing" for me (I don't clean fish--don't have to--they don't much like the thought of me with knives around here) so while they are doing that--I make a quick roux--not brown but almost white...add crab meat--mozzarella cheese--seasoning (which is cooked down in the roux--finely chopped celery, shallots, bellpepper--crushed garlic um,*note* they do allow me to use the food processor) a splash of a dry white wine (usually just Blue Nun, nuthin' fancy) and cook to desired consistancy. You can make this very thick, and it makes a great dip, too by the way. I stuff the stuff into the fish,(saving some to thin out for a topping) and brush the outside with extra virgin olive oil (<--I loved typing that ) some good ole Zatarain's creole seasoning, dab on butter and bake, oh..bout a half an hour to 45 minutes...as I drink the rest of the Blue Nun. Then pour the thinned stuffing over the fish and serve--with yet again a GOOD chablis.

With a salad on the side? This makes for a very romantic candlelit dinner.  

Um--it my particular case? The wine helps-- ALOT.

Hugs from a fellow coon ass.

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Serenity~ Now you went and made me hungry.
Guess what? Here I am in Seafood Heaven and I'm alergic to it, No Crabs,Shrimp or Craw Fish, what a bummer. Flounder is good if fixed right. You ever make it down to the Orange Festival the first weekend in December? They really have a good time at Fort Jackson that weekend, drinking, dancing and hanging out. Super Oranges also.
They make a drink called Taco Tottie that people really like.
Thanks for all, Pass a good time dear friend.
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19 posted 10-24-2002 09:46 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

hey...the orange festival? I DO intend to try to make it this year. If you go? let me know...I'll try to bump into you..

gently of course!

thanks for reminding me...I always tend to forget about that one..dunno why, the weather tends to be great in December too.
but let me know? k?
 
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