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)

European tour: Hungary

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

 

Hortobagy puszta

Caspian terns rest

to wing high, plunge, dive for fish

vast puszta wetland

(photo credit: CDHK)

gone fishing

 

by cold mountain lake

among whispering pines

father helps bait hook

 


Inspired by Ubugu’s haiku featured at CDHK 

phishing philosophy 101

 

Dad tried to teach brother and I to fish

by mountain lakes where rainbow trout fins swish.

We’d load the car with lunch, our gear, and bait;

sweet summer’s day together filled our wish.

We learned sharp hooks make earthworms twist about!

Dad warned us to “Be quiet” till he’d shout —

our lines were tangled up, both bobbers lost.

We tried his patience more than any trout.

Sometimes we fished for hours on shore of lake,

yet no fish worthwhile eating would we take.

We cast our lines along with hopes and dreams;

fond mem’ries we hold close of summer break.

Dad, thanks for all the things you taught us right

It’s true in life that fish don’t always bite!

___________

(a sonnet of 14 lines: 3 quatrains in iambic pentameter

with AABA rhyme, plus final couplet)