Mike Schmidt’s 500th Home Run

Further up the mountain,

Almost three miles above the

Trail head parking and well off

The slashed trail is an almost forgotten

tiny spring fed lake.

It’s easy to wade along the sandspits

Between the two feeder streams and

Upstream from the WPA overflow wall.

Too close to the wall, or too far to the left or right

is quicksand that will suck your boots to China.

In summer the water takes your breath.

In spring, feet are bricks inside waders.

Nothing is stocked up here

And the water is persnickety enough that

Most fisherman ignore it especially

In the early season put and take fury

On the main stem.

But here thrive the slashing, thrashing

Electric pastel native brook trout.

All tiny terrors that can be

Quick hooked and released

Without damage.

On a good day they are suckers for

A maggot on a number 10 hook

Floating two feet below a bobber.

Thirty minutes up here is worth

A day anywhere else.

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