In the blue, clear seas bountiful with fish, fishing is now one of the biggest commercial trades in the region. However, there are many who still use traditional and basic equipment to catch a few fish for a meal.
The following scenes are from the shores of Dambakolapatuna, Jaffna where a lone fisherman was kept company by his faithful pet.
- Shanika Jayasekara
(Pics : Kelum Shivantha | Shanika Jayasekara)
The gentle light caresses the waves that flow
And rise through the groves where palmyrahs grow
A lone man walks…
Well… not quite alone.
He casts his nets...
Alas! in vain.
He comes up
To drape his nets once again.
Through the rising sun his nets shimmer gold.
As if hell-bent to do better, under the poor man’s hold.
Flanked by his partner -
A cup of warm sunshine & glee…
He strides back much happier... netting bounties of the sea.
Tangled, gasping, their eyes grow dim
As they slowly give up their lives for him.