We would take a garden rake,

and, standing at the edge of Roebuck Lake,

lean out, extending the rake as far into

the water as short arms

would allow,

then drop it quickly to the bottom

and haul it in,

up the bank,

walking backwards,

to avoid the rush of water,

and creatures of the deep.

We would rake the lake

all summer,

two or three times a day, some days,

catching minnows and turtles,

clams, crawfish, tadpoles and leeches,

an occasional water snake,

or moccasin,

and let them all go,

after provoking our wonder

at the mystery of life

other than our own.

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