Memories of grandpa

Grandpa always wore an old fishing cap.

I remember it was covered

from brim to brim

with all of these colorful & expensive fishing lures.

There were green ones, blue ones,

yellow ones, red ones …

some shaped like fish,

& a few home-made ones

that didn’t resemble

anything at all.


But grandpa was not a very good fisherman,

and was never known

to have ever caught anything of note.

Except for that one day at the lake,

as the tale goes,

when, he removed his cap too quickly,

and he caught

an entire human scalp.


Though the force wasn’t with me that afternoon, it did promise to catch up with me later

18 thoughts on “Memories of grandpa

  1. Have you seen “Big Fish,” a film by Tim Burton starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, and a number of other notable actors? Your post today reminds me of that film, which I have on DVD. It might inspire you to grow the legend of your grandfather…

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    • My first time fishing was devastating. I had all this nice equipment, and I loved finding places for all my new stuff in my official fishing carry-case, with its many little pockets and flaps. But soon after I discovered that fishing involved actually killing a fish — and as my parents often repeated, I totally lost it.


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