Poem or short story? I found after reading this poem that I felt as if I was reading a short story of someone taking a fishing trip. The words were so vivid and they made me visualize and take the trip in my head. I enjoyed reading the description of the fish and what she felt through catching the fish. Through reading this I came to the conclusion that she let the fish go because she knew it was a old fish, given the fact that there were several hooks grown-up in his mouth but she also said it looked tired. I believe that she felt great about catching the fish but at the end she knew that she should let the fish go live out the rest of his old life in the sea.