“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. this just cracked me up!


  2. 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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