Inspired by 1.25, Salmon of Knowledge
Salmon of Knowledge
Wisdom dropped from the hazel tree
in weighty nuts the salmon ate.
He swam through water wide and blue,
until the young man cast and viewed
bright silver-scales caught with his bait.
Do not eat it, Fionn was told.
but fry-burned, raised his thumb to lips,
gained wisdom from the tree and fish.
I wonder what the salmon wished–
a legend by hero eclipsed.
For Paul Brookes’ month-long Folktober Challenge. You can see the images and read the other responses here.
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you, Paul.
You captured just the right story-telling tone with this one. Strange that Fionn went on to make so many bad decisions. The later stories must have forgotten he was supposed to be wise 🙂
Thank you! I didn’t know the story, but I had to wonder if the salmon swallowed the wisdom then why it was so easily caught and eaten. As for Fionn–typical male hero type, i suppose. 😏
Ha ha! Yes, not very logical. I don’t suppose it was really dead though, not even after it had been eaten.
Yes, Fionn certainly had his flaws.
Thank you, Rene!
I’m not familiar with this folk tale.
I wasn’t either, but that’s true of so many that have popped up for this challenge.
The prompts have been an education in themselves.
They have been! 🙂
Never tell a man not to do something…(K)
My crazy eyesight read salmon as Salem and weirdly that added even more to this dark story.
Oh, that’s so funny, Claudia. Thank you!
A finely woven story
Thank you, Derrick.
This is a beauty, Merril!
I had a poignant experience with a salmon many years ago. I never ate any fish, again, ever!
Thank you so much, Resa!