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Barramundi Dreamer

March 11, 2019

Below the Ord River surface is a Predator and the Prey,

both the Hunter and the hunted it shall be on this day.


Hot afternoon sun, beneath the shade of mangroves,

A Barramundi has lived to an age it no longer grows.


Feeding and resting and waiting to pounce on the weak,

Spawning no more, her Barra family a memory to keep.


Tired but hungry, one copybook hunt for this eve,

a new fish full of colour, was designed to deceive.


The Barra quite curious, hunger swallows her pride,

Stalking a meal, may be the last chance on high tide.


Stealth-like the Barramundi pounces on top of its prey,

But it bit more than it could chew, on this its last day.


Survived many a line, she bears scars and old hooks,

as Man steals from the river, like Ord river Crooks.


This time she is tried but still she fights long and hard,

Until a net lifts her above water like an old river discard.


Flashes of bright light, Man laughs at her peril,

“It’s a keeper” he calls, “and this catch is my treble!”


So as she lays on her side, trapped and sucking in air,

She dreams of young Barramundi she left everywhere.



  • By combining Poetry & a photograph you get POETPICS or PHOTOPOETRY.

  • A phrase of philosophy integrated into a photograph = PHILOETRY

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  • See how this and other poems play a part in the Story 'Finding Harvey’, crafting another dimension of creative writing = 3D-Poetry.


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