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A Fisherman's Chant

A poem by Beverly Stock.

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This fisherman is slender and sprite,

He sleeps by day and fishes by night.

With a net for fish, he trolls his lay,

He “nets” at night and sleeps by day.

Yes, merry is he,

On river or sea!

Netting,

Sniggling,

Wriggling,

Eels, then haggling

Over the price,

Of a nice

Slice

Of fish, twice

As much as it should be.


This fisherman is a slender but happy man!

He nets and trolls and fills his can!

With a sharpened hook and night vision glasses,

His net catches lone swimmers or fish in masses.

In schools,

In whirlpools,

Chub, catfish, too.

He still quibbles

Over the price

Of a nice

Slice

Of cod, twice

As much as it should be.



I adapted this poem from one in the public domain, The Fisherman’s Chant, By Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, English humorist, 1836-1917.


 

Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp Online, in the UK. Visit BeverlyStockPoetry.com and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

A Fisherman's Chant

© 2022 Beverly Stock

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