Autumn 1939 • Vol. I No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1939 |

The Trout Map

The Management Area of Cherokee National Forest, interested in fish, Has mapped Tellico and Bald Rivers And North River, with the tributaries Brookshire Branch and Sugar Cove Creek: A fishy map for facile fishery. Now consider it: nicely drawn in two Colors, blue and red; blue for the hue Of Europe (Tennessee water is green), Red lines by blue streams to warn The fancy-fishmen from protected fish; Black borders hold the Area in a cracked dish. Other black lines, the dots and dashes, wire The fisher’s will through classic laurel Over boar tracks to foamy pot-holes lying Under Bald falls that thump the buying Trout: we sold Professor, Brown Hackle, Worms. Tom Bagley and I were dotted and dashed wills. Up Green Cove Gap from Preacher Millsaps’ cabin We walked an hour confident of victory, Went to the west down a trail that led us To Bald River—here map and scene were one In scene-identity. Eight trout is the story In three miles. We came to a rock bridge On which th

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