Fisherman's Song

by Kayombo Chingonyi

Fisherman's Song

What sadness for a fisherman  

to navigate the blue 

and find among receding nets 

strange, underwater blooms 

that look, at first, like bladderwrack 

but from a closer view 

are clumps of matted human hair 

atop an acrid soup. 


And what song shall this fisherman 

who loves a jaunty tune 

sing to lullaby his children 

when dark shapes in their room 

make the night a snarling monster 

only father’s voice can soothe 

and who will soothe the fisherman 

who navigates the blue?