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September 20, 2013

POETS CORNER -- The Fishing Captain (James Parisi)

What does a fishing captain do?

The first priority is to get the respect of his crew.

After he accomplishes this,

Then he must go out and find the fish.

He drags the nets for miles over the ocean floor.

He makes it look easy —

Only because he’s done it so many times before.

They work around the clock — day and night,

Through wind, rain and cold,

Knowing that they can’t return until they fill the vessel’s fish hold.

After seven or eight days, sometimes more,

They have their catch and return to shore.

Then they sell their trip — everyone is happy

And they all go their separate ways.

The captain yells out, “Thank you, men, I’ll see you in three days.”

Then he returns home to his family

And they sit down to dinner

All knowing this past trip was a winner.

But before he goes to bed, something is stirring in his head.

He knows when he goes out again the fish won’t be in the same place.

So, he goes over his charts — over and over again.

And then it dawns on him.

He falls asleep with a grin on his face.

Capt. James F. Parisi


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