Trout Fishing in Virginia

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 7 No. 3, "Through the Hoop." Find more from that issue here.

The Exxon man tugs his CATerpillar cap 

rams a nozzle in my tank 

and talks of fishing — 

says he waded creeks all day 

til heading for Baltimore at seventeen: 

“Never needed hook ’n line.” 

I picture a farm kid with fast hands, 

ask about technique: 


Ya heft a boulder high’s yer head 

womp all the rocks in the water — 

fish down under float to the top 

goofy as hell.” 

Overflow gas gags the tank, 

stains my VA plate. 

“Cash er charge?”