One fish, or: Two fish

The curmudgeon went clumping along,
Mouthing a rude, curmudgeonly ~
   He was thinking 'bout all that was wrong
   With those rhymers with whom he didn't ~

   A poet of whom he wasn't so fond
   Had approached him, but he didn't ~
                                          GO AWAY!
He'd turned, stomping off to dun pond
Where he'd oft go to stare off ~
                                      SCREW 'EM!

Stunned to see the fish cavorting in pairs,
He was caught totally ~
   Sinking, gurgling desperate prayers
   Wet, dark death to which nothing ~

   They glided 'bout him, bubbling rhymes
   Tinkles deep in his mind, fine bell chimes
Nudging gently, time after time
Sweetest kisses like stanzas sublime

Laying gasping ashore
He'd transformed at his core
   Verses soulful poured forth
   From mild man; curt curmudgeon... no more

d’Verse: Word Play

I’m sharing this poem, which I wrote two years ago, for Grace’s prompt at d’Verse, which is to employ word-play in a poem. I love playing with words; I’ve written a lot of poems in a similar vein.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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21 thoughts on “One fish, or: Two fish”

  1. I love the wackiness of this one. It’s so visual and off-beat in a slapstick kind of way. When I saw “curt curmudgeon” in the last line, I immediately thought it would make a great name for a cranky old action hero in a comic book (Kurt Kurmudgeon). ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh that’s just amazing tail and fin work of the fish
    One fish Two fish
    Either way the curmudgeon was nicely schooled.
    Love the curmudgeon’s gasping and gurgling sounds too

  3. Brilliant David! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Very funny & clever as usual! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Particularly enjoyed these lines here:
    โ€œRUBBISH! He was thinking โ€™bout all that was wrong With those rhymers with whom he didnโ€™t ~ HARUMPH!

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