from memphis to eleusis

found his place in harbor lighthouse,

after challenges underground

proved his worth more than stoic penis

wrapped in demeter’s poppies,

his light house

the only light he knew

had no lover to share,

so wished to discover others,

red mullet of extraordinary size

spoke to him of those that make love

on the beaches at night,

he was being called on to do

serapis whispered over pillows

into sleeping ears

keeping the light bright with oil

sent out that red mullet

scaled fish of land and sea

and it would return,

raising from the sea

with line and hook

secured the writhing eel

of couple snatched from sand

they became his lovers for the night

venting lust and sadism on both,

be it man man or woman love to be


when done said his prayers to

the face of apis

tormented by pain,

then with surgical practice

cut them and fed them to the

mullet that sang,

the time would come

when fish and man would

indulge in passion,

his sperm food for the vitellogenesis

and his spawn

would find other oceans

to claim their own

art, media, fish

The Big Catch by Catrin Welz Stein

Have a look at Catrin’s wonderful blog and also there are many sites with her work for sale so have a look

  1. Mary says:

    Whew, Chris. I read this a few times & must admit that I think it is a bit above my poetic head.

  2. gardenlilie says:

    Clawfish … does this person do digital sales of her artwork? I tried to connect but failed w/ the German, I believe, language. Thank you.

  3. brian miller says:

    errr…fish got sharp teeth…ha…
    wondering what that catch might look like when i pull it out of the water…
    lol…intriguing texture to this, but some very real feeling behind them…

  4. You weave a fantasy of lonelyness and hope (?) to a surrealistic dessert.. 🙂

  5. claudia says:

    oh heck…what a story… cut them and fed them to the

    mullet that sang…. ugh… tight and raw images… great weave of myth into this as well

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