Red Fish

In clear running azure, a red fish
leaves a fishers hook empty.

Dream time lost to an endless weave of crimson scales.

In duckweed spaces the red fish dances,
between emerald roots the red fish dips.

Through ten thousand creeks past stoic herons.
Through ten thousand rivers past drinking tigers.
Ten thousand empty fish traps, ten thousand empty nets.

Up ten thousand rapids under gibbon howls.
Across ten thousand lagoons under staring hawks.
Ten thousand empty fish traps, ten thousand empty nets.

The red fish vaults a single waterfall.
Jade scales unfurl, and unfurl.
Jade scales soar high, and higher.

An arc of rain.
Ocean is broken.

The fisher readies the oars.
Ocean bound.


Image found here:

NaPoWriMo day 15. Halfway point. Also this is what happens when Hemingway and Pokemon/Chinese legend collides. The Old Man and the Sea plus Gyarados/Dragon Gate.


About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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11 Responses to Red Fish

  1. simonhlilly says:

    Lovely rhythms, love the repetitions, ten thousand appreciations.

  2. simonhlilly says:

    And, er, is that fish a herring?

  3. HisFireFly says:

    ebb and flow, matches the water, the waves

  4. Beth Winter says:

    There is a beginning yet no ending as the ocean leads to streams and the circle begins again.

  5. charityv says:

    I loved the use of colors, and yes, it invoked ancient Chinese legends.

  6. 1emeraldcity says:

    Beautiful, vivid…a poetry carpet woven with skill and imagination…Bravo, Sky!

  7. Lilu says:

    Like how the rhythm mimicks the to-and-fro of the water. Love how the fisherman doesn’t give up on his first try, heh. This was really intriguing. Thanks for the read 🙂

  8. festivalking says:

    what a journey!… 🙂

  9. joanna says:

    love the colors, and the image of the broken ocean, especially. and of course i am partial to herons.

  10. David Eric Cummins says:

    Excellent! And never in a million years did I think I would see The Old Man and the Sea and Gyarados mentioned in the same sentence, LOL. 🙂

  11. Bravo… it all hangs together ever so nicely. I think it should be “fisher’s hook”?

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