Palm trees sway, leaves shiver,
Bounce, tickle the air
Fisherman on barnacle spattered rock
Swings a line to the waves
The wind-whipped white-winged waves
Crash raucously around the brown man’s legs;
Long slender affairs, half hidden in billowing shorts
Flash of flapping silver glitters in the daylight
He crouches to study the catch,
Eye to fisheye
Still, then jerks – a frisson of fear
Catches the neck; twist, snap, and the hook goes free. Dropped on the deck to die.
A seagull hovers overhead, pulled sideways by the wind.
Lamu, Kenya, Jan. 2006