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Namesake Water


Bodies of water have some of the most poetic names I have encountered.  The title Namesake Water seems fitting for the many impressions and emotions I have experienced in the presence of water in nature.

While living in Montana circa 1980, I hiked to No Man's Lake -- a clear mountain lake full of thin, 6-inch rainbow trout who nosed up to the corn I dangled, but dismissed it as somehow unworthy -- chump food.

I wrote a poem called No Man's Lake that is in my collection Montana Poems. I am amused by the irony of me, a man, being vigorously alive and present at No Man's Lake. 

But No Man's Lake had the last laugh -- it was full of starved rainbows too high-brow to take my blue-collar bait.