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Natasha Trethewey - Flounder

Here, she said, put this on your head.
She handed me a hat.
you 'bout as white as your dad,
and you gone stay like that.
Aunt Sugar rolled her nylons down
around each bony ankle,
and I rolled down my white knee socks
letting my thin legs dangle,
circling them just above water
and silver backs of minnows
flitting here then there between
the sun spots and the shadows.
This is how you hold the pole
to cast the line out straight.
Now put that worm on your hook,
throw it out and wait.
She sat spitting tobacco juice
into a coffee cup.
Hunkered down when she felt the bite,
jerked the pole straight up
reeling and tugging hard at the fish
that wriggled and tried to fight back.
A flounder, she said, and you can tell
'cause one of its sides is black.
The other is white, she said.
It landed with a thump.
I stood there watching that fish flip-flop,
switch sides with every jump. 

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Poet: Natasha Trethewey
Poem: Flounder

Comment 4 of 4, added on July 18th, 2014 at 11:38 AM.

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Comment 3 of 4, added on April 11th, 2013 at 5:01 PM.

this poem is so full of enlightment

anika from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on June 29th, 2010 at 10:42 AM.

To flounder,
use a pounder
it goes like a rounder
and ends in the founder.

Later it goes to the grinder

Nobody seems to mind
or seems to be kind
but hopefully
somebody will found the flounder.

Emile Moelich from South Africa

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