The Fisherman's Catch Prose in Pronathea | World Anvil

The Fisherman's Catch

Water, water, this you see,
Through the shining bliss we be,
Swiftly, slowly, as we care,
This is our breath, we need no air;   From the seas across this realm,
We bring our young to bear in elm,
Roots splay far across our ground,
These woods hold fast and do not drown;   Our lives are short and are not missed,
From this we learn to just subsist,
This is us, we all are fish.


Usually sung by children who are fishing with their family, the Fisherman's Catch is a simple poem describing fish. It is unclear who created it, however, it is a particularly popular piece amongst the populations of coastal and river towns.   Many people consider the Fisherman's Catch to be a quintessential piece of poetry that defines what it is like to have a life that relies on the waters of the world. Sailors, however, tend to disagree, believing that the only real way to define a life that relies on water is to spend time on a boat, experiencing the rigours of the sea.   Despite this disagreement, this piece circulates thoroughly through the generations, allowing every man, woman, and child who live near lakes, rivers, or the ocean, to experience the peaceful wave of bliss that one feels when reading it.   Some believe that the words are truly magical and that when you speak them you feel as if you have become part of the realms waters, joining your soul momentarily to feel a wash of calm and relief spread over you. This claim is largely held by people practising druidic magic and rituals, but some are ordinary folk who just enjoy the concept of being one with the world, even if it is just for a fleeting moment.


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