Fishing – Daily Prompt


on a stormy night
fishermen tried to catch fish
brave men of the sea

brave men of the sea
so their families can eat
tough income to earn

tough income to earn
love of fishing is vital
miracle from sea

Juan and his son were at sea since early dawn. They haven’t caught a lot, not enough to sell in the market. It was such a shame because fishing was their means of livelihood. Juan’s father and grandfather were also fishermen. Juan remembered the time when the fish came to them, now they have to go after the fish. Their daily catch was decreasing steadily. Years of illegal fishing with dynamite, polluted water caused by industrial and agricultural wastes, over-fishing – they all damaged the coastal ecological system. Juan and his son are now experiencing the consequences. Their future is uncertain.

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

Our fish tank has been with us since HRH the son was 8. He loved this tank, spent hours and hours looking at the fishes, talking to them. We used to go and choose new fishes from the shop, get them used to the water in the tank and slowly introduced them to the ones already in. He never forgot to feed them and from time to time, gave them fresh treats. Every time we had some visitors, the son would first show them his prized fish tank. Soon, it was time for him to leave our nest to study in another country. By that time, he had other interests aside from the fish. I had to do the cleaning and the feeding. We didn’t buy new fish anymore. Now, there are only 2 fishes in the tank. It’s like a paradise for them, this huge fish tank for two.

I love swimming. First thing in the morning, I’ll be in our sea near our house. There’s no better way to start fresh after an hour’s swimming with the fishes and other creatures in the sea.

One of them is my friend, Sirena. She’s half-female, half-fish. She’s blue-skinned with scaly body coverings and fins on several parts of her body. She has a lovely voice. Even though I can’t sing, sometimes I join her singing. Her melodies are so mythical and strange like nothing I’ve heard on land before.

“Oh hi, Sirena, I haven’t seen you in ages, what’s up?” I greeted her.

“Hi, Ladylee, I’ve been very busy lately. We’re preparing for my coronation in two weeks’ time. You know my mother just passed away, caught and killed by a big net to get all the dolphins here. She was one of them and now we have no queen.” Sirena swam to me with her friend Nemo.

“Sorry to hear about your Mother. But hey, a coronation, that’s great. Can I come? I’d love to see you get crowned!”

“Sure, you’ll be my special guest. My sister Sienna will look after you. All the creatures of the sea will be here. We’ll have some bands playing. Nemo here is the conductor of the band. It’s going to be a great party! We’ll probably give you some gill potion so you can stay longer down under.” She suggested.

“Oh my, oh my, this is great. I look forward to it. I’ve got to go now. I still have to work. Enjoy your swim, Sirena.”

And so, we swam back in different directions.

Great fun to be under the sea
Swimming with the fish and algae
Clear azure sea is amazing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Coral reef is another world
It’s like being in a dream world
I can swim for hours, that’s the thing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Saw a school of fish and turtle
Swimming with them is so blissful
Such a wonderful life, floating
Such adventure this snorkelling

Great fun to be under the sea
Such adventure this snorkelling

snorkelling under the sea
deep silence of nature
admiring life down under
fishes and corals
sharing experience
happy with


Two fishermen from South China Sea
They were fishing and sea was choppy
They haven’t caught a fish
And they’re getting anguish
The wives were there and getting angry

The fisherman’s name is Kurdapyo
A henpeck husband of Rosario
They have six kids at home
Their names in palindrome
If they don’t eat, you’ll hear their bellow

His friend’s name is Antonio Santos
Whose wife Rosita is also crossed
He thought it would be fun
To go out with a pun
Engine spews out black cloud of exhaust

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