Poetry Tuesday: Theris and his Fish Traps

Full title: Theris, the old man who lived by his fish traps.
By Leonidas of Tarentum, somewhere in Greece, circa 300 BCE.

Theris, the old man who lived by his fish traps
And nets, more at home on the sea than a gull,
The terror of fishes, the net hauler, the prober
Of sea caves, who never sailed on a many-oared ship
Died in spite of Arcturus. No storm shipwrecked
His many decades. He died in his reed hut,
And went out by himself like a lamp at the
End of his years. No wife or child set up this
Tomb, but his fishermen’s union.

;o)

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