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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Exocoetidae (Flying Fish)

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Oft in childhood recollection
of the beach,
many pleasurable moments
the mind did reach;
roaming the shores
of Half-Moon Bay,
naked bodies all splashed
with foaming spray;
while on hillsides
donkeys brayed.

So many wonders
of the Caribbean Sea,
feet all wet
and silver sands
on the knee,
as bleachers
and bathers
from far and near
chill-out
with their kith and kin
beneath
the trees of coconut
with water that is very clear.

Fisher folks have come
to throw their nets
as agile as ever
with no regrets
to harvest,
these flying fish

Steaming













deliciously















Floating in hot sauce

This is Bajans' delight.

They hurled those nets;
in frenzy array, so...

The aerobatics
are on disply in the air;
and the flying fish battle rages;

Callaloo plays the game
so... unfair!

Cou-cou on the stove top














dripping with okra strew...

Cou-cou done...


















Stands on plate!














Waiting for flying fish
to land,
while the wives of fishermen,
young and old
are crying every Easter morn
not knowing
what next they must do.

The war of words is too profound
For the gilded heads;
so they seek the lustre

of the ocean bed
in preparation
for...the eminent flight...

They quickly surface
the water
for viewers in sight;
leaping like a frog in midair,

then down again
with valour
and power.

These grasshoppers
of the sea now disappear...

Resurfaced again without dread...

Their pectoral fins outstretched;
they soar like a jet
the down with the nosedive,









Splash!

And they are very wet...


With submarine topography
on the ocean floor
a thousand feet below or more
such fervid flight incomplete!

For now they sleep
in a tropical ocean
that is so very deep;


Far...


Away...

From nets
and noise fishermen do keep.

© Paterika Hengreaves

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3 comments:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Paterika,
I always have to return here many times to read each of your poems and unwrap the hidden beauty contained in them. You are a wonderful poet and an even better teacher. How does man propose to change the timeless patterns of one of God's marvelous creatures? I would love to taste that dish, and moreso would love to see that fish fly! Kia ora Paterika!

Marja said...

What a marvelous poem. I can imagen the nosediving spashing fish
and the fisherman with their nets. You painted a nice picture of live overthere and specifically that amazing flying fish 43 seconds was it? That's a long time.
The rolled up fish looks a bit like our rolmops (herring) in Holland

Anna said...

Hi, I have a couple of poetry blogs and a poetry website. I've linked to you and was wondering if you might like to link back?

I've placed your link here at Poem Poem Poem and at
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I also have a blog called Your Poems Your Stories where you can log on and publish your own poetry.

Maybe you'd like to contribute?

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Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
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Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
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Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
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Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
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Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
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Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
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From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
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Lord of battles in Thy might,
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Let our cause be just and right,
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May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
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Crown her with immortal fame,
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