Jack packed his sandwiches and flask of tea into his rucksack.The weather forecast had been quite promising, but he took his umbrella just in case.He’d been caught out once before and there was nothing worse than trudging home soaked to the skin.
Jack looked forward to his Sundays spent fishing by the river. Anyone who knew anything about fishing would have known immediately that Jack was not an accomplished angler. In fact,he rarely made a catch. But Jack didn’t mind because fishing gave him the perfect reason to sit by the water every weekend.
You see, Jack worked as an entertainer in anightclub, which meant that he was surrounded by loud music and lively people most evenings.This couldn’t be more different to his peaceful trips to the river. In fact, he often felt that he couldn’t get through his busy week without them.
Jack’s two flatmates would tease him mercilessly each time he walked through the door empty-handed on Sunday evening. Both were football fanatics and could not understand why Jack would rather sit beside a river than watch the weekend’s footy on TV. At first, he’d been put out by their giggles and remarks, but he’d soon learned to take them in the good-natured manner in which they were intended.
What neither of Jack’s flatmates realised wasthat his fishing trips served another purpose.Jack had been writing poems for a couple of years nowand sitting by the river was where he found hisinspiration. Jack didn’t let anyone read hispoems. Only once had he thought of submitting acouple of his best ones to a literary magazine, butas the submission deadline had approached, hehad lost his confidence, certain they were not upto standard.
The sun was shining brightly as Jack cycled towards the river. He had high hopes for the afternoon ahead. Surely today would be the day that he would at last be able to finish the poem that he had been trying to write for weeks, he thought. He even wondered whether he would catch a fish or two.
After arriving at the riverbank, Jack found himself a sheltered spot on the riverbank where the river ran deep and the current was strong. Heattach