Cichlid Room Companion


Ode to Ad

By , 2003. image
Pam Chin, 2002

Classification: People and associations.

" Pam Chin delight us with her poetic skills in praising one of the most influential contemporary figures in the cichlid world, Ad Konings, in relation to a Lake Tanganyica trip undertook in 2002 "

Ad Konings, 2001

Dedicated to:
Adrianus Franciscus Johannes Marinus Maria Konings

I have a very close and dear friend named Ad
Maybe you know him too he is a cichlid-god

I wanted to go collecting so he invited me on an expedition
With 7 other Ad groupies, off to Tanganyika to go fishin'

16 hours on a bloody flat bed truck, cichlidiots chanting " Lake Tanganyika or bust"
Thru the dusty bush, with rain, wind and fire, we just kept thinking " In Ad we trust"

The sun was long gone and the stars graced the lake, down at the dock in Mpulungu
On a boat with no lights, or floatation device, speeding to the Kalambo Lodge venue

I woke to waves breaking, on the sandy beach; I headed to the deck for a look
On the horizon, was Crocodile Island, looking exactly like it does in the book

Each day was a new Ad adventure, out on the lake, in a wooden boat
Some of us dove, some of us snorkeled, and some of us could barely float

We went to see cichlids, and cichlids we did see, most were brown, brown and green
Altolamprologus to Xeno's from Kambwimba to Nangu and everywhere in between,

Each evening we gathered in the bar with our fearless leader and his sidekick Toby
Watching Ad's slides, telling fish stories and celebrating why I love this hobby

The cichlid boys were in bed by nine, while the cichlid girls stayed up late each night
Out on the deck, we contemplate life, watching the local's fish on the lake with lights

A 3 hour hike to Kalambo Falls he told us, but hours later when I was about to expire
As this Ad adventure nearly killed us, a death march in Zambia, land of rock and fire

Each morning I'd watch the lake and sigh, this is just another fricking day in paradise
Tanganyika is so impressive, so magnificent; I can't believe I saw it with my own eyes

It's changed my life, and my appreciation of cichlids, in many ways I will never forget
To share it with you and my best cichlid friends is so special, I'm forever in your debt

The bloody truck is broke; so we hitchhiked in the Congo, on our way back to Lusaka
Two days later in California, and finally home, I realized I had left my heart in Africa


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