fishing is for the birds

 

cormorant fishing

fisherman retrieves caught fish

yet bird feels hungry

 

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“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)

6 Comments (+add yours?)

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

    It’s really a sad way of fishing.

    Reply

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

    Your poem catches the irony of the fishing relationship well.

    Reply

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

    That’s a beauty

    Reply

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