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Old River

On a warm spring day, nearly twenty years ago
Three boys went fishing, with boat in tow
They drove an old chevy
Grandpa's three at the knee
It drove like an earthquake
Harder to steer than the sea
But the boys were content to drive the old beast
Dreaming piles of fish for an evening feast
They arrived at a place that was called the Old River
And with boat in water, they began the endeavor
The fishing was fair, and the breeze was blowing
Off to the south
Confidence growing
By the water's edge, sometime around noon
One lad spotted up a tree
A big fat raccoon
He had an idea then...a great one it seemed
What happened next...none of them dreamed
His cast his lure up with all a boy's luck
And all were amazed at what the lure struck
Because up in that tree, just making his bed
That coon got nailed, atop his gray head
For whatever reason
Maybe anger or surprise
The coon bailed out of the tree
No fear in his eyes
And to the dismay of the boys sitting there
He was coming right for them...raccoon of the air
One boy jumped left and the other right
Leaving the last boy alone...his cast...his fight
But he wasn't as quick as the others, you see
For he was a large boy, with the girth of a tree
The raccoon thrashed all about
He was pissed...that's for sure
And came for the boy who'd cast the cursed lure
But the lad had jumped out
And to all their delight
His weight shot the boat out, like a jet in mid-flight
So we swam to the bank
And sat there and shivered
As that old coon rode...
Our boat down Old River

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 7:44:00 PM
    Had to come read this...:-) :-) :-) man I can't decide which one of my thousands to write about...I wish we could sit and swap stories sometime....have you ever had a huge bass swallow a big crappie? I have, got em both...have pictures of the crappie tail hanging out the bass was crazy..scared me to death!

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 2:23:00 PM
    You are an amazing story teller. Do you write prose as well as poetry? I think you'd be an awesome short story writer. This poem brought a huge smile to my face.

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 3:05:00 PM
    Congrats, Caleb. Well done. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Caleb I love this poem you weaved. Very visual, it felt like I was right there on the shore. Congrats on your win. Connie

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Caleb, what a lot of fun--had me to the end--this sounds too real to be made up! LOL

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 10:05:00 PM
    Caleb,, an excellent poem, for my contest CONGRATULATIONS :-) Goodnight~ PD

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 5:08:00 PM
    Caleb...I think this is the funnest poem I have read of recent the line "the raccoon of the air!" Such clumsy fishing and a great boat ride at the end...wonderful poetic imagination!! Gonna fav this one FOR SURE! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 9:58:00 AM
    great word weaver you are, caleb... a wonderful adventure from your smooth pen!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 1:12:00 AM
    thanks for letting me know it got away!

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 11:36:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading your excellent poetry today Caleb. I look forward to reading more of it as time permits. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 4:48:00 PM
    this is quite a story. It makes me curious what ever happened to the poor old raccoon? It's great to see you here today. It's been a while!