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The Fisher

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"Come with me," the man said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

"What possible good is that to me?" the fisher asked.

"The flesh of men
is not so sweet
as fresh-caught trout.

And fish may jerk and gasp and die upon the line--
but they do not whine.

You'll get no complaint from herring, mackerel, saradine--
but hook a man and he'll complain
on every slight he's ever suffered,
from the cradle to the grave.

You'll beg to throw him back.

It would be a better trick, entire,
to make men out of fishers."


Um. Yes. My apologies for descent into the wretched realms of free verse, but there was a distinct cadence in my head, and you suffer my doggerel as a result. Mea culpa! This is the price I pay for wringing My Little Dinosaurs out of my brain--it gets to do stuff like this, and it doesn't explain them to me at all. It's a follow-up to the Owl Saint, I guess. [link] They seem to be from the same...err...world? Plane? Chunk of grey matter? Religion?

Somebody's going to ask what creature this is supposed to be--fishing cat, Pomerian, Persian, fox, maybe a really poor rendering of that large weasel called a fisher--and the answer is, it isn't. It's nothing in specific. It's not an anthro animal in the conventional sense, it's just another thing from my head trying to look wrong the right way.

If you locate a meaning, I hope you brought enough to share with the whole class.

Anyway, digital, Painter 7 and Wacom prints available for $10 for small, and another LE run of 25 on the jumbos, for $45 plus shipping. Send a note, or visit [link] for details.
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ashenbach's avatar
Excellent image and poetry! They both inspired me to write a little poetry of my own, I hope you enjoy! makes-me-wanna-write.blogspot.… - I fully credited you for the art, of course!
hummbuzz's avatar
I have featured this image. [link] :sun:
MisterAlways's avatar
I love everything about this one. From the delicious details on the stone (metal?), to the sinister look in its eyes while it looks at those fish ("Oh yeah, you're gonna get your shit eaten, buddy, best protect ya neck!"), to its dainty little hands, to how old and rotten that "fishing pole" looks, to the illusion of it having only two limbs (I can see that it's got legs of a fashion, but the ommision of feet makes something deliciously creepy take place)...and to how it seems to be wearing some kind of cowl over a human-like face (just me? Anyone else seeing it? No? Aww...).

Love it. Love it to bits.
Fuiron's avatar
That's no animal. But, I wouldn't call it human. I'd say that just as there is a distance between the beasts and us, there is distance between us and God. Whatever this creature is, it occupties that distance...
Or not. Maybe somebody just flushed their chinhilla one day, and it grew into a fish-eating sewer monster, eventualy escaping into another dimension where its talents are appreciated.

I LOVE how natural your supernatural/weird stuff looks!
DeadlyLampshley's avatar
These figures remind me of the story of Pocahontas...
not the cutesie Disney version, but something darker...
perhaps if it was handed over to Tim Burton, or something.
I LOVE THIS. :tighthug:
DavidCurser's avatar
he look very very cool, a bit evil though. xD
is he a cat-ape?
dudemon27's avatar
I like its eyes and hands alott.
Its really awesome.
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Overstone's avatar
This is Fantastic
johnlenon's avatar
oh my god! I love your works!!!:D
Lavender-Reign's avatar
This is an amazing piece, love the expression.
shai-nefer's avatar
i love all the ditails!!!!!!!!!
loess's avatar
fantastic color and composition.
Glass-no-E's avatar
your universe is so richful i just feel so pitiful looking at your work !!!!
TheBlackwood's avatar
Call them what you will, but those free verse spats were beautiful, by cracky.
rissbutts's avatar
I love this one...it has so much life in it :0
cardowl's avatar
That's so good!
Dracokiro's avatar
WOW.... I love this one.

SO much life... SO much character...
I love it just love it!!! [link]
richardj's avatar
There's something quite disturbing about this pic but it's a lovely painting nonetheless!:)
Arzuza's avatar
hey what do you use for colors?...it's great
Arzuza's avatar
Great gresat great great works....i love it!
AshtarDragonfire's avatar
This is really good. Your artwork always seem to have a story behind them.
Herisheft's avatar
ow! i don't know what that creature is but it looks like someting atake out of Dark Crystal ^^
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