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Fishes of Yosemite National Park (1941, 1948) by Willis A. Evans and Orthello L. Wallis


FISHERMAN’s LUCK

I fished today ’long a rollicking stream,
I caught no fish but I caught the gleam
Of the sun on the water as it frollicked along,
And I caught overhead the lilting song
Of a bird that sang from a treetop tall,
And I caught the sound of a waterfall.
I caught a glimpse of the cloud-ships high,
As they sailed the seas of the boundless sky;
I caught the sound of the buzzing bees,
And the song of the winds through the tall pine trees.

I caught no fish this summer morn,
But much that I caught I would not scorn;
For I caught the joy of a day well spent
Of hours that brought a sweet content;
A glimpse of God in the woodland plan,
A renewed faith in my fellow man;
And better health and a zest for life,
New strength to meet and conquer strife.
So go out fishing, you city man;

Though you catch no fish you’ll find you can
Catch the spirit of a world that is clean,
And the unnamed joys of things unseen.
You’ll catch new strength for the tasks ahead,
You’ll find new life in hopes you thought dead.

Though you catch no fish from the turbulent streams,
You may recatch youth’s wavering dreams;
So go to the woods where the bluebird sings,
And the sun’s hues show in the butterfly’s wings;
And when you return you’ll say with your might,
That God’s in His place and the world’s all right.

Reprinted by permission from: “Good Green Earth”—E. T. Shackelford.


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