Dilantha Gunawardana


A Fisherman On A Catamaran


As a surly mistral guides the undulating waves
A lonely crusader gallantly braves
To the unfolding chaos of the Indian ocean
Ebbing his way to the eye of the horizon
Where the sea bed is saturated with the sparkle of life
Yet the ocean vociferous the tide exuding her strife
Yet he holds his fate in his corn laden palms
As he flings his net to the ocean farms
Waiting for torrents of providence to embellish
For the lattice to capture her bounty of fish
With sizable creatures grazing under the tide
For tides of kismet to heartily abide
A tug of his grasp as he lifts the golden flesh
Hoisting the harvest of the ocean in a saturated mesh
Harvesting serendipity in the middle of the ocean
Weaving his tapestry of dreams in a net’s traction
A lowly fisherman harboring dreams that transcend
To empyrean fields of prosperity as the clutches of poverty end
Living his dreams on the buoyant shoulders of a catamaran
As a legacy unfolds of the audacity of man
Life living in the constant radar of Neptune’s wrath
Floating along in the voracious torrents of a saline broth
As history recounts that fortune favors the brave
As a fisherman wrestles the Indian ocean, his fated grave

Submitted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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A poem on a fisherman and his ally the catamaran

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  • Freshman - 2,315 Points Patricia Grantham (5/31/2013 7:55:00 AM)

    A magnificent write. The Fisherman depends on a strong net and
    boat to help him when he comes across a good catch. The ocean
    can be violent at times and calm at others. They depend on fishing
    for their livelihood. Thanks for sharing this gem. Tip-Try spacing
    your lines, will make for an even better read. (Report) Reply

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