My book, GONE FISHING A Novel In Verse, released earlier this week. It’s been so much fun to celebrate - I’ve been delighted by all of the good wishes and support for my book. Since GONE FISHING is a story told through a series of poems and it's Poetry Friday, I’d like to share a poem that didn’t make it into the final book. 

It’s a persona poem from the point of view of Harold the Worm, a squirmy fellow who is befriended in an ode that is in the book. In keeping with the fishing theme, here's the one that got away as told by Harold the Worm:



Persona Poem





 and squirm.

That’s my job – I’m Harold Worm.


Hand-selected for this role.

Tempting fish – my only goal.


Cheerfully I zag


and zig.


Come-and-get-me: SOMETHING BIG!




 Don’t be shy,


Catch your dinner.





Good                              y

e . . .


© 2013 Tamera Will Wissinger


As a bonus, I decided to show you what Harold looks like in my imagination. A worm with such an attitude seemed as though he would wear a top hat and a handlebar moustache. (The moustache is a late addition to my vision, inspired by a little girl named Maddie who I hope enjoys seeing Harold with a moustache!)



Thanks for stopping by and reading, and thank you for cheering the release of GONE FISHING. Happy poetry reading and poem writing!


Here are a few announcements:

Poetry Friday is being hosted by Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe. 

Verse Day is being hosted by Gabrielle and is featuring GONE FISHING! 

If you missed other places where the book is being celebrated online, you can take a look at my EVENTS PAGE  

(Several places online are offering a chance to win a copy of GONE FISHING! )




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Reader Comments (7)

I loved meeting Harold, enjoyed the poem and seeing him in his top hat and mustache. Congratulations on the book's release. Have heard such good things about it and can't wait to read it. :)

Reply: Hi Jama! Thanks for checking in here and for your good wishes for Harold and GONE FISHING!

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjama

What a cute poem! Too bad it didn't make the final cut - but glad you shared it!

Reply: Hi Matt, Thanks! I think Harold was meant to live on outside the book!

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Forrest

Harold is SO dapper with his top hat and moustache! Even though Harold didn't make it into the book I am glad he showed up here - fun poem - especially the layout of the words!
Got my copy of your book in the mail yesterday. Going to read it to my 9 y/o starting at bedtime tonight! Yay!

Reply: Hi Bridget, Oh, dapper is the perfect description for Harold. Thanks for the good wishes. It makes me so happy that you'll read Gone Fishing with your 9 year old! Hope you enjoy.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Magee

By the way, I just saw the article/interview in Writer's Digest - congratulations on that, as well!

Reply: Thanks for the heads up on this, Matt. I knew it was coming, didn't know for sure when. And thanks for the congrats!

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Forrest

I enjoyed finding out more about Harold. I really love the way you used repetition in your poem. It makes it fun to read. I also find the use of space interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Reply: Hi Cathy, Thanks for your nice comments about Harold and the poem. I appreciate it!

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Congrats on your book!

Reply: Thank you, Mary Lee!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lee Hahn

If this one didn't get in, I can't wait to see how good the ones that did are! Congratulations again!

Reply: Aw, thanks, Heidi! I appreciate your enthusiasm and good wishes!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Mordhorst

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