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GUILT FISH (Luc Bat Poem by Dan Collins)
One morning by a stream(I thought it was a dream) That fish!~ Bigger than one could wish.This scaly monster’s swish I foughtuntil I was distraught.When prospect of him caught was lost(at such a hefty cost).Then in the stream I tossed my rod;upon the bank I trod;in fear of this fish god I stood.“I’ll do you no good.”“I am misunderstood” he said“to eat me you’d be dead,and a curse on your head, indeedif on me you do feed”He spoke now from the reeds unseen,faintest of glimpses gleaned,dull eyes poisoned and lean he showedin the shadows they glowedtelling me what we owed to sea,to fish, and bird, and tree -That thought now weighs on me, it seems.
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Ann says:  The Luc Bat is a traditional Vietnamese poetry form with an unusual rhyme scheme.  Because some lines have a rhymed word in the center and some at the end, this form seems to take the nature of a braid or a twining vine.  
Copyright 2013 by Dan Collins (aka Atticus).
Image: April Bushnell

GUILT FISH (Luc Bat Poem by Dan Collins)

One morning by a stream
(I thought it was a dream) That fish!
~ Bigger than one could wish.
This scaly monster’s swish I fought
until I was distraught.
When prospect of him caught was lost
(at such a hefty cost).
Then in the stream I tossed my rod;
upon the bank I trod;
in fear of this fish god I stood.
“I’ll do you no good.”
“I am misunderstood” he said
“to eat me you’d be dead,
and a curse on your head, indeed
if on me you do feed”
He spoke now from the reeds unseen,
faintest of glimpses gleaned,
dull eyes poisoned and lean he showed
in the shadows they glowed
telling me what we owed to sea,
to fish, and bird, and tree -
That thought now weighs on me, it seems.

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Ann says:  The Luc Bat is a traditional Vietnamese poetry form with an unusual rhyme scheme.  Because some lines have a rhymed word in the center and some at the end, this form seems to take the nature of a braid or a twining vine.  

Copyright 2013 by Dan Collins (aka Atticus).

Image: April Bushnell

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