I am a happy man. I am a wealthy man. I have everything a man could desire. My bamboo raft and basket, always filled with fish enough to share. My faithful black-winged cormorant, who does the diving and catching. Moss and rocks, my beloved mountains, gathered round me. Mornings soft with promise; evenings rich with fulfillment. My poems, born of smoky torchlight.

Green ribbon, weaving, wandering
Below skies of darkening blue silk and rose-gold.
Gentle hands with fingers reaching upward
To catch falling blessings.

All I know is this river –
This river is all I need to know.

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3 months ago

Wonderful description of a life-giving river. The prose is as powerful as the inserted poem – both flow as gracefully as the river which they describe.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
4 months ago

Very poetical and moving writing, Julie. Well done.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 months ago

Hello, Julie. Wow! Brilliant story and very poetic. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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4 months ago

You are most welcome, Julie.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
4 months ago

Beautiful, Julie. Actually this made me think of Yi Tien Cho (Also known as Mr Willoughby) in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ books, although he wasn’t a fisherman, he did tame a cormorant to fish for him. Very interesting character, with some truly extraordinary tales to tell. Very nicely written, I would love such a simple life, except I’m spoiled by a few of my mod cons that I just couldn’t give up now! Oh, love the accompanying picture too.

Last edited 4 months ago by Carrie OLeary
Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
4 months ago

Oh, Julie, this is so beautiful! There are so many details, expressions, images and words to love in this story. For example: “Mornings soft with promise,” “my poems, born of smoky torchlight,” “Gentle hands … to catch falling blessings.” Wow! This is precious, including the whole picture of contentment with the little. I wish I could give more votes for this one.

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