Merwin: Be Careful, You Dummies

I opened a package of Gamakatsu hooks this morning, and read the following warning: "Handle with care. Extremely sharp hooks. Keep out of reach of small children."

Well, duh. Maybe they think I'd store loose treble hooks in the baby stroller or use a 4/0 worm hook for a toothpick. And I hope they're extremely sharp, which is why I bought them.

I see these kinds of warnings on all sorts of fishing gear. By such language, I should be outright scared to use a sharp fillet knife instead of sensibly respectful. Printed notes and cautions of this sort are relatively new and, at least to me, really annoying.

I am not stupid. I have common sense. I am practical. So please, get off my back.