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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Can We Keep Him?

photo by Alex Stoddard

He was purchased on a whim from the dime store
The kids kept whining and begging and well,
you know how it is
He was only $5.99, including the bowl
No one ever imagined he'd actually live so long
The kids fed him dried leaves
and bird feathers
and sometimes forgot to feed him at all
They even took him out to play with him
and dropped him on the floor!
There he was-all covered in dirt and moss
We were sure he was dead then, but no
They rinsed him off and he was fine
He's outgrown his bowl
and 3 tanks
He's costing us a fortune in food
and he doesn't do very much
I guess we're stuck with him-
he's so big that if I flushed him now
he'd probably clog up the plumbing.

submitted for The Mag 114

18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

haha...yeah, you might have a hard time on the drain, but a good man hole might work...carnival fish never last...smiles.

Fireblossom said...

snicker!

This is such a hoot.

R. Burnett Baker said...

I got a big kick out of this! I mean really. We see the Chris Angels et.al. and gawk in awe of stupid stunts. You've answered the question "what's he gonna do next?"

Rick

versebender said...

This was very clever and inventive. Love your sense of humor. No...definitely can't flush him...guess you're stuck! Always a pleasure to read your stuff. Vb

Kutamun said...

Will somebody please help me find Nemo !

Hey Monkey Butt said...

He's pretty hawt from what I can tell! :)

Margaret said...

Very funny!

M. A. S. said...

Well, my kids can't have one.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

There must be something useful he can do...

Ginny Brannan said...

A wee bit bigger than the average goldfish, this one! Very clever take on the image!! Liked this!

Helen said...

Oh Mouse! This is one fine Magpie .....

Pat Tillett said...

Nice one! And so true...
I think we've all been through this and they usually don't end well and/or we end up doing all the caretaking for the pet that the kids PROMISED they'd take care of. If you have the time and/or inclination, here's a link to a similar incident. Hope you are doing well!
http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2009/09/boots.html

Tess Kincaid said...

No! Don't flush!

Jinksy said...

Wonderful, whimsical take on this weirdest of images. LOL

Kutamun said...

Hey Lmouse , your comments settings ok ?. Great poem.

darev2005 said...

He'd make a heck of a fish sandwich, though! (grin)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

fun read... love it...

JJRod'z

S.E.Ingraham said...

Ahaha - this was very smart and funny; a completely different take than I was expecting or that anyone else had, I think ... very cool

http://nsaynne.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/living-with-a-wolf/