An Angler’s Prayer
I pray that I may fish until my dying day,
and, when it comes to my last cast;
I then most humbly pray,
when in the Lord’s great landing net
and peacefully asleep;
that in His mercy I be judged
big enough to keep.
Thank you for each starry night that I have pitched a tent, Where sand bass ran, a full moon rose, for all these times you’ve sent.
I thank Thee Father, for these eyes of mine, that caught a sunset’s gold these memories I will treasure when I take to growing old.
You’ve protected me when the tide was high, and the strong winds began to rise, and guided my rig to a harbor safe, beneath dark, violent skies.
You’ve taught me god through the great outdoors, to see that life is fair. So I thank Thee, Father on bended knee as I send this angler’s prayer.
The Anglers Prayer
by Cliff Parker
LORD, I am sitting here, in inclement weather
And conditions of great personal inconvenience,
For all sorts of reasons:
To get away from the fumes, the smoke, the noise,
The rat race, the boss, the bank manager, the tax inspector,
The wife, the kids, the mother-in-law,
But ostensibly to catch fish.
The fish are slow in coming.
Possibly because they have been annihilated
By the four tons of toxic rubbish
Dumped upriver – By the factory – Last Tuesday.
At the end of this day, having had nary a nibble,
And feeling at odds with the world,
I shall stumble from the meadow
Into the shelter and warmth
Of a well-appointed – Hostelry.
There I shall sup more than is good
For my health, pocket or equilibrium.
Telling the while, to whomever will listen,
The most outrageous and unprincipled
Variations, on the truth.
After which, having been ejected
By a landlord who no longer loves me,
Either for my money
Or considerable personal charm,
I shall wend my weary way home,
Holding deep philosophical conversations
With passing tomcats, stray dogs,
Lamp posts and policemen,
None of whom have much sympathy
With the piscatorial ethos.
Meanwhile – Back at the cottage small,
Will be waiting the Little Woman,
Light of My Life and Moon of My Desire,
With a feast, long since past its prime.
Armed as a shield maiden of old Teutonic legend,
With a hairy great rolling pin, lethal-looking poker,
Substantial tin tray, or any combination of these,
The Light of My Life – Will bend one or all
Over my – Already throbbing – Swede.
If this, Lord, Is what fishing is all about, I give up.
Never again – Under any circumstances.
Nothing would tempt me.
Wild horses would not drag me.
I’d rather die – So there.
P.S. Could You please make it a bit warmer for this Saturday?