Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gone Fishing!


ancestors carved signs
messages left in stone walls
from water springs life
cast your net so you might grow
catching fish in the deep end
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pictures etched in stone
mossy shoreline shadows dance
fishing for knowledge
cloudy skies, warm gentle rain
revealing a rainbow trout
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ancient trail marker
mysterious fishing hole
cast your hook and line
walk on the pathway of bears
sharing your catch with mankind 
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paddling together
desire fills our emptiness
casting dark shadows
we rest by the crooked tree
hungry feeding our bellies


sharing with Poets United
picture credit by Truedessa

39 comments:

  1. I know the signs carved, there are some really impressive carvings on the rocks here in Sweden, and yes a lot about fishing and hunting... Maybe it's a celebration.

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    1. I believe they are trail markers, perhaps this was a place to make camp as there were plenty of fish to feed the tribe. I hear it still has fish today.

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  2. I think that paddling together holds the key to this. And the acknowledgement of the wisdom of those that have come before us. Things change of course and the fishing hole may be no good, but that is the progression of wisdom. Its so cool to see those messages left from before though. What they thought was important.

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    1. I think life is about paddling together riding through the currents of life..sometimes we have a gentle ride and sometimes the water can be rough. I time when messages were important enough to carve in stone.

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  3. Carvings can sure make one think as in the sink. Bait the hook and hope for the best, hopefully a boot isn't reeled in though lol

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    1. Bait the hook and cast out the line..you never know what you will catch..hopefully, not a boot but a giant pike..or rainbow trout to feed that hungry belly.

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  4. All these tanka, held together by the common thread of fishing. Wonderful!

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    1. Thank you...fishing can bring a sense of peace...

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  5. I specially like the third one:

    cast your hook and line
    walk on the pathway of bears
    sharing your catch with mankind

    Thanks for the bountiful words ~ Happy Sunday ~

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  6. pictures etched in stone
    mossy shoreline shadows dance
    fishing for knowledge

    I m literally speechless! Beautifully executed :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. Thank yo so much Sanaa..I am so glad you felt the power of my words.

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  7. Beautiful, Truedessa, I especially like envisioning walking on the pathways of bears.....we have petroglyphs here in my town too, fish carved on the rock walls.......very cool to take kids there and explain they were carved a thousand years ago, or more.

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    1. Sherry,

      these are messages left through the sands of time so other might know...I wonder who carved this one?

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  8. This is beautiful.

    History of the place lives in your words.

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  9. Fish food for thought, for knowledge, for wildlife, for connection, for forgiveness ...for fullness in time. Lovely and thought provoking. Where is the picture from?

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    1. Hi Susan,

      Def food for thought as that fish points the way ...

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  10. Life was so much simpler then, wasn't it?

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    1. I would imagine it was simpler...just basic survival back then..I guess today we would use cell phones and not take the time to carve a message.

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  11. I love seeing old carvings/etchings and trying to form a story in my head - how it got there. What they were trying to say. If they knew one day someone like me might see it.

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    1. ha - I wonder what they thought as they left their mark in the landscape. I am sure they did not envision the world as it is today.

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  12. Absolutely loved this Truedessa especially those opening lines....
    'cast your net so you might grow
    catching fish in the deep end'

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    1. Hi,

      Casting that net so we might catch an abundance of knowledge in the fishing hole of life..

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  13. There is nothing more satisfying than getting away and finding our past in the wild places, breathing in, watching life, listening to the real world as we walk in the past.

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    1. Old Egg - well said we must understand the past to move forward in the future...

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  14. This is a wonderful, edifying piece with a nod to bygone stuff-of-legends enigmas - rendered in lovely evocative notes and the tiniest touch of whimsy. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks Wendy - I so appreciate you messages..I think you get it !

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  15. Fishing for knowledge and wisdom ~ a lovely metaphor ~ the past can be a great source for learning & growing ~ nice picture, too :)

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    1. thank you - the past is knowledge and it helps us grow...

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  16. growing, learning, sharing together - the good life. nicely done!

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  17. I guess the answers are all around us - it's knowing the question we need to ask which counts! A wise and thoughtful poem

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    1. That is very true as many signs have been left to help us unravel the mysteries of life.

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  18. Everything is around us, if we look hard enough. Love etched unto our innermost self, knowledge and sharing leads to further enlightenment. We leave our mark in more ways than one. Great piece and very delightful read indeed. Greetings!

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    1. Thanks, enjoyed reading your comment. Our mark is indeed left long after we are gone, but who will notice it?

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  19. Sharing secrets is a tradition older than the written word. Great poem.

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    1. That is very true..and perhaps, only a few actually discovered the secrets.

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  20. I enjoyed this foray into tanka on the theme of fishing. You recreated for me the memories of rivers and lakes of my childhood.

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