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'Twas the night before fishing opener...


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Twas the night before fishing opener

And all through the house

The only creature stirring was the cabin mouse.

The rods where string and placed in the boat with care

In hopes that the whopper would soon appear.

With Dave in his snow suit and me with my winter cap

We both settled down for a short spring nap.

When out from the alarm there arose such a clatter

We sprang from out bed to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

To see we weren’t late for midnight hadn’t passed

The snow on the bow with the fresh spring moon

“Looks like it’s Minnesota in June!”

and to my wondrous eyes what did appear

but the sight of the boat on the ground half full.

With a little luck I moved lightly and quick

I knew in a moment I had no time to waste

And more rapid that turtles my buds they came

And I yelled and whistled and called them by name.

WAKE UP! David and Zach and Andy and Mike

Get going Chad and Jeff and Shaun and Will

To the top bilge pump to the top of the buckets

Now dash away dash away dash away all.

As the wet leaves of fall in a whorl wind rush

We were met with this obstacle at 12:02

So up to the boat side we flew

With buckets in hand and smoke or two.

Dress all in our winter best from our head to our toe

That were still tarnished with adventures of long, long ago

With our other poles flung on our back

We must have looked like guards ready to attack.

Our eyes how the twinkled, or dimples how marry

Or checks were like roses, our noses like cherries

Or mouths how big and the stories they would tell

Our beards on our chin where wet with mountain dew.

The stump of a stogie held tight in our teeth

And the smoke encircled us and we couldn’t breath

Our wind kissed faces and most of our little round bellies

That shook when we laughed like a gut full of jelly

Most of us chubby and plump, a right combination of both

Most people laugh when they see us about

A wink of mine eye and a twist of hat

Soon gave me the thought I had nothing to dread.

We spoke quite a few words but still did our work

Filled the bait wells and I turned with a jerk

And laying my fingers aside of my key

Giving a quick twist the motor started YIPEE!

The rest sprang in the boat and gave a whistle

And away we flew like down of a thistle

But I heard one thing as we drifted out of sight

Merry fishing opener to all and to all a good night!

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