Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A Fishing Prayer

Worm and pellet, corn and bread,
Cast offerings to the riverbed.
By chub and perch, by roach and dace,
Grant me good fishing in this place.

For stone and gravel, reed and bank,
The water goddess I must thank,
And leaf and flower and branch and tree
For shade and for tranquility.

To bream and gudgeon, ruffe and rudd
Respect I offer, true and good;
To grayling, salmon, barbel, trout
Reverence and praise devout.

Hook and line and rod and reel,
Thy rituals help my soul to heal.
Carp and eel and tench and pike
Please grant forgiveness for my strike.

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