“I thought you were a trout stream.”

Excerpt from Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, ©1967:

I remember mistaking an old woman for a trout stream in Vermont, and I had to beg her pardon.

“Excuse me,” I said, “I thought you were a trout stream.”

“I’m not, ” she said.

Almost all of Richard Brautigan’s poetry and novels are available for free download from The Brautigan Archives.


  1. I’m trying to visualize it…


    • There’s a lot of playfulness and nonsense in Richard Brautigan’s works. I think of him as kind of a Beat Dr. Suess. 🙂

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  2. this just cracked me up!


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