Trust yourself to say No


The salmon trout

does not read books

his teacher is the river

and even though

he cannot count

to 3

far less from 1 to 9

he knows

when seasons come and go

and when it’s time for dinner

now old men say

back in the day

when they were boys

full of the joys

with nets and rods

and coloured flies

they heard about

a fish so wise

that kings and queens

took his advice

on how to run the state

which simply goes to show

you know

that there are men

and women too

who swallow

every fishy tale they’re told 

and so the question is

do you?

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