She lives alone now and requires daily care. It was my turn to fix the breakfast dutifully, provide the medications, do the daily chores. We conversed about the birds and bushy-tailed critters on the deck. I said goodbye, told her we would meet again later in the day for dinner with the family.
It was time to fish for a while, to immerse myself briefly in that mother of all mothers where the wild trout dwell and where the mayflowers blossom in their time.
I caught the first small brookie on a March Brown dry, but probably could’ve hooked it on a pattern tied with hair from the family cat. The small streams of rivertop country were flowing wonderfully and benefiting from recent rains. Their native trout were hungry and on the prowl.
For a moment I held the brookie beside a trillium flower blooming on the bank. Usually when the trillium blooms in May, the brook trout fishing is at its best around here. The streams are full, allowing trout to move around in less restricted water. They visit the deeper pools, riffles, and pockets formed by rocks and logs.
The trees were not yet fully in leaf. Occasionally I got a glimpse of migratory warblers. The woodland flowers were at their peak, blooming while the sun still filtered through a young canopy. The trillium seemed a study in natural symmetry.
Between visits to the mother this day, I fished for nearly three hours. I fished three neighborhood streams, and caught three wild brookies in each one.
Could we live each day embracing natural symmetry? I don’t view it as a perfect thing. Inspect it, and you’ll see the fraying edge.
Sun and cloud and wind. Then wind and cloud and… snow! Brief squalls at the noon hour, on Mother’s Day, wild flurries blown around like seeds.
I hold a purplish blossom, or a white one, or a smaller white one with a blaze of red around the throat. I absorb the floral beauty for a moment then release it. What do I see? I hold a small wild trout, as well, and ask a similar question.
Only poetry can say what is held. Only wildness can know what is truly there.