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Hooked

by Anne Di Baguette


love is a bigmouth bass


and we’re grinning wide grins, slapping


each other’s backs cause, well shit,


she’s a monster and you hooked her


 




so you get to hold up the line with your


cynical curved steel smiling pronged


razor barb pierced and protruding near


the left bulging, rolling golden eye, hold her up


 






shoulder high for the photo, oblivious to


gaping lips silently mouthing some


ancient message of acquiesce or


warning, who the hell knows,


 



but damn she’s pretty, so suddenly it all was


worth it, the icy predawn loneliness,


the waiting, the empty reel flip cast, the stolen bait,


the waiting


 


days from now you’ll brag to buddies, embellish


each writhing thrash, we’ll wink over


your prowess, beg your method trying


hard not to choke on mouthfuls of dirt


laughing about plastic worms and


buzz bait, they go for it every time


 







months from now associates will nod, staring enviously


through upturned bottles at such a fine wall trophy,


shuffling uncomfortably, boxer-brief egos


grown too tight from gluttonous complacency


 







years from now you’ll blame her for


the dust she’s gathered, glare into


glass vacant eyes wondering


what you ever saw in her


anyway






12/30/2002

Author's Note: Cynical look at relationships

Posted on 12/01/2017
Copyright © 2022 Anne Di Baguette

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 12/01/17 at 09:12 PM

I've never known much about relationships, did I spell it write? I've always loved to fish, but never felt I could point a gun at a living thing pull the trigger, strange. Like that is killing but fishing is not..? Just as we make ourselves believe that other things we think are true! Just try to remember when it comes back at you from a friend or worse a loved one. I did like the poem. All else is just my 'bs'. Take care.

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