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elly (May 14, 2009)
I was visiting a friend not long ago and noticed a picture of her as a young girl on her fridge. I commented on it and she told me the story surrounding that photo.
I asked her if I could scan the photo because it really had inspired me and I wanted to attempt drawing it. I really enjoyed the story that goes along with it so instead
of just writing the story out, I decided to write it in poem form. My friend, Patti, just moved to another state and I miss her, but I will be sending this gift to her as well.
I hope you enjoy this....

"Oh Please, Daddy, Please! Can I please, please go?"
"No no, my dear, Patti. Fishing's only for boys, you know..."

"But Daddy, I know I can do it! Just please let me try my best."
"Ok, you can go along but no fishing, because you'd just make a mess."

"Oh thank you, Daddy. Thank you! You won't even know I'm around!"
Yes Patti was so excited, for she was a - fishin' bound!

"Joey, get the tackle box, and Tommy, grab the bait!"
"If we don't get our hooks in the water soon, it's going to be too late!"

"Patti, get the cooler ready, and stay here by the car."
"Then you'll be out of our way, and I'll still know where you are!"

"Ok, Daddy," Patti said sadly. "I'll just hang and watch from here."
And as her dad and her brothers left towards the lake, Patti wiped away a tear.

"I don't need their help." Patti thought, "I can fish on my own!"
"I have a better chance of catching a fish, since I am all alone!"

Patti hopped off the car, and tiptoed to the lake.
But she had no fishing gear, so THAT, she'd have to make.

Patti searched through the brush, she didn't want anything too big.
And after only a few minutes of looking, she found the perfect twig.

As she walked back over to the shore, a glimmering shine caught her eye.
She bent down to take a look, and Oh! What a big surprise!

She couldn't believe what she'd found! Someone was on her side.
There, laid a few feet of string, and on the end, a fishing hook was tied.

"Wow! How amazing!" she thought, as she tied one end to her "fishing pole",
"I really am going fishing!" she said out loud, as she began to dig a hole.

"The fish won't bite a rusty hook, I need a worm for food."
She continued to dig in the ground, as the lovely, soft breezes blew...

It didn't take very long to find, a big, fat, worm to use.
She baited her hook real good, for this worm she wasn't about to lose!

As Patti dangled her mini catch, over the water so clear,
She admired her own reflection, while she gazed at the water mirror.

"Oh I really hope I catch a fish!" "I'm sure to make daddy proud!"
"I know he's been proud of me before, but I just want to hear it out loud."

Meanwhile down the shore a ways, Patti's Dad and brothers just sat.
"Not even a tiny nibble, Dad!" Joey said. "Where are all the fish at?"

"Patience my son, we should catch something soon."
"I double checked the fishing forecast, and tonight's a full moon."

Patti saw her string move, but it was ever so slight.
Then the string stretched fast and long, and Patti was up for the fight!

She pulled and tugged, with determination in her face,
She placed her foot on a rock, to act as a brace.

Patti felt like she was dreaming, "could this all be real?"
Then Patti pulled the string from the water, and gave a delightful squeal.

On the end of her string hung a big fish, the prettiest she'd ever seen!
Blue on it's head, a yellow tail, and eyes that were solid green.

In all her excitement, she began to run towards her dad.
She never gave it a second thought, that he may end up kind of mad.

She ran along the shore line, her feet covered in muddy water.
She said a quick little prayer as she ran, "Please, God. Let him be proud of his daughter!"

Just as she got there, her dad and the boys were putting their gear away.
No fish were biting, and the sky was turning gray.

"Hey Daddy, Look!" Patti yelled with a smile.
"I caught me a fish after fighting with it for a while!"

Patti's dad turned to see, "what in the world are you talking about?"
Then her dad ran over to her side and said, "Wow Patti! Is that a Trout?"

"I don't know, Daddy, but I hope you're not mad at me."
"I went fishing on my own, and I wanted you to see!"

Patti's dad knelt down and kissed her, softly on the cheek.
He was oh so very proud of her, but he could barely speak.

"Oh Patti, my darling," he said, as he took her by the hand.
"I am so very proud of you, and your fish is truly grand!"

Patti's dad grabbed his camera, "Hold that big fish up real good!"
"I want this day remembered, because I never thought you could!"

"Oh thank you, daddy!" Patti shouted, with tears flowing down her face.
"No, thank you my dear child, for teaching me about grace."
elly n. 2009

elly (May 14, 2009)
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Suntan (May 15, 2009)
All around, creative elly! Very beautiful. :D
firecracker (May 15, 2009)
Very pretty was always one of my favorite things to do, and I remember my Dad taking my brother and I fishing.....even's something that I still love to do. The poem is very pretty sorta reminds me of a song..."Don't take the girl". It's a "country" song, and I forget the name of the artist who sings it, but it's kind of a sad usually makes me cry. Anyways.....this is a great draw and a great poem. :)
davincipoppalag (May 15, 2009)
Oh this is beautiful elly
Miss_DJ (May 15, 2009)
Beautiful draw and very, very moving poem!
montezmaria (May 15, 2009)
So peaceful this is and the poem is beautiful, very nice Elly. Love to fish, for me it is so relaxing. Maybe that is what I need to do. Love it!
elly (May 15, 2009)
Thanks, y'all. I didn't realize how long the poem had gotten!! oops ^_^
Axil62 (May 15, 2009)
Nice draw, even better poem. Thank you, Elly.
elly (May 15, 2009)
Why thank you, Axil =) It's nice to see you out and about...=)
jekyll (May 15, 2009)
The ripples in the water look so lovely, in shades of blue,
The shorelines subtle glow makes it look just as lovely too.
The little girls silhouette is done quite skillfully,
But the poem, though very good, still sounds...
Like a "fishing tale" to me!

great work, Elly!!!
Sleepyhead (May 16, 2009)
Beautiful Elly, just beautiful. :)
elly (May 16, 2009)
thank you kindly, jekyll & sleepyhead =)
jekyll, I assure you, it's not a 'fishing tale', but a true story=)
bette_davis_eyes (May 16, 2009)
oh wow elly.. you're not only a talented artist, you're also a wonderful poet too! both the picture and poem are really amazing.. and this picture has a wonderful, calm feel to it .. super job!
elly (May 16, 2009)
thanks, bette! I finally heard from Patti (the girl in the draw/poem) and she's beside herself! She was balling like a baby! (didn't mean to make her cry;p) I'm thrilled that she liked it. She's going to show it to her dad =) wonder what he'll think about it.....hope he remembers that day!! (somehow, I think he will)
bette_davis_eyes (May 16, 2009)
I'm sure he will love it as much as we all do .. who knows, it might just make him start bawling too!
Aubrey (Jun 18, 2009)
Very sweet story, and a great picture to give along with it as a present. You should make THAT into a little kids book, and your picture can be the cover!
elly (Jun 19, 2009)
Hey that's a great idea, Aubrey! Thanks for all your comments! =) Let's go fishing!
Aubrey (Jun 19, 2009)
Yes let's!
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