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Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Analysis



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         TROUT FISHING ON THE BEVEL











The two graveyards were next to each other on small hills



and between them flowed Graveyard Creek, a slow-moving,



funeral-procession-on-a-hot-day creek with a lot of fine



trout in it.



  And the dead didn't mind me fishing there at all.



  One graveyard had tall fir trees growing in it, and the



grass was kept Peter Pan green all year round by pumping



water up from the creek, and the graveyard had fine marble



headstones and statues and tombs.



  The other graveyard was for the poor and it had no trees



and the grass turned a flat-tire brown in the summer and



stayed that way until the rain, like a mechanic, began in the



late autumn.



  There were no fancy headstones for the poor dead. Their



markers were small boards that looked like heels of stale bread:











                 Devoted Slob Father Of











          Beloved Worked-to-Death Mother Of











  On some of the graves were fruit jars and tin cans



with wilted flowers in them:











                            Sacred



                     To the Memory



                     of  John Talbot



           Who at the Age of Eighteen



  Had His Ass Shot Off  In a Honky-Tonk



                 November 1, 1936







                This Mayonnaise Jar



             With Wilted Flowers In It



Was Left Here Six Months Ago By His Sister



                          Who Is In







                The Crazy Place Now.











  Eventually the seasons would take care of their wooden



names like a sleepy short-order cook cracking eggs over a



grill next to a railroad station. Whereas the well-to-do



would have their names for a long time written on marble



hers d'oeuvres like horses trotting up the fancy paths to the sky.



  I fished Graveyard Creek in the dusk when the hatch was on



and worked some good trout out of there. Only the poverty of



the dead bothered me.



  Once, while cleaning the trout before I went home in the almost



night, I had a vision of going over to the poor graveyard and



gathering up grass and fruit jars and tin cans and markers and



wilted flowers and bugs and weeds and clods andgoing home



and putting a hook in the vise and tying a fly with all that stuff



and then going outside and casting it up into the sky, watching it



float over clouds and then into the evening star.




















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