Isko wakes while it's dark, and paddles out to sea
where he gathers his morning catch of fish to sell at the market.
On top of his basket of fresh fish,
Isko places a packet,
meticulously wrapped in plastic
to protect it from the oils and smells of his catch.
After laying out his wares in the market area, he sits back to wait for customers.
And as he waits, he unwraps his packet,
revealing a newly completed New Testament in Isko's native language
which he eagerly reads during lulls in business.
"It's more precious than diamonds," Isko says.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold
*Isko is from the "E" people of S.E. Asia