Transaction

The fish on the edge
of the weeds
is not thinking about me
in the same way
that I am about it.

Unless it felt the vibration
of my footsteps
on the bank
it is not thinking about me
at all.

There is no apotheosis
in making the loop
unfurl over the surface
of the water.

But I like the spike
of electricity
that shoots through the back
of my head
in the instant between
when the fish meets the fly.

And I like the kinetic energy
in the high modulus carbon fiber
when the line comes tight
in my hand.

The reasons for this
lie encoded deep inside
double helix patterns
assembled in strands
born of ancestors
from before the era
of recorded history.

The fish has it, too,
which is exactly why
it explodes in ambush
on my mimic that twitches
past it.

And why, after,
it uses every cell
in its body
to move fast away
from death.

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