“An Embryo Angler”

“Don’t waste your time on the branches small,”
Said the farmer to his son,
“But lay your axe at the root of the tree,
So your work is sooner done.”

Then, like a good and obedient boy,
Not a word back did he say,
But he laid his axe at the root of the tree,
And went off and fished all day.

— Anon., “Fish Committee — 24th Annual Report”, Annual Report of the Town Officers of Wakefield, Massachusetts, 1900


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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9 Responses to “An Embryo Angler”

  1. paolsoren says:

    little smarty-pants

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Great one! I’d rather be fishing too

    Liked by 3 people

  3. lindasschaub says:

    We are taught to respect our elders, so …. the boy did take Dad’s advice quite literally, didn’t he?

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Mr. Mel says:

    Didn’t see that coming. 😆😆👍

    Liked by 3 people

  5. craftysurf says:

    Love it 🤙🏄🏼‍♀️

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Abigail says:

    That was an unexpected ending. To the boy’s credit, he did obey his father’s exact instruction. I wonder what his father’s response was.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. That was good… I enjoyed the ryhming and that the son went fishing. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

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