fishing is for the birds


cormorant fishing

fisherman retrieves caught fish

yet bird feels hungry



“ukai” traditional cormorant fishing – image from Memolition


Cormorant fishing is a method of fishing in which the bird has a snare attached to the base of its throat. When the cormorant catches a large fish, it is unable to swallow it and the fisherman extracts it from the bird’s throat. The bird can swallow small fish, however. The process is repeated, over and over again. This traditional method of fishing, over one thousand years old in Japan and China, inspired many haiku.

(information from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and Wikipedia)

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 19:50:00

    It is good it is not a grizzly and salmon!!


  2. Aishwarya
    Jul 28, 2017 @ 20:12:36

    Found my way here through one of your posts that Jonathan had reblogged. Very glad to have bumped into you in this blogging world. Looking forward to reading a lot more of your work 🙂


  3. Chèvrefeuille
    Jul 14, 2017 @ 15:47:05

    It’s really a sad way of fishing.


  4. Janice
    Jul 13, 2017 @ 11:24:11

    Your poem catches the irony of the fishing relationship well.


  5. milan rajkumar
    Jul 12, 2017 @ 18:20:14

    That’s a beauty


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