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Wish the Fish 08 (charity)
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By Louis Gander
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Wish the Fish 08 (charity)

ONCE upon a splashing time

a little fish wished he could rhyme.

But 'Wish the Fish' lived in the sea

and brought so much calamity.


Oh, Grandpa Koi liked serving folks.

He lent a helping hand

to clients, neighbors, churches -

but did they understand?


He helped because they needed him.

He helped all those he could.

He helped the poor and rich alike

because he knew he should.


For years and years he served them all -

four decades plus, in fact.

He had a real joy in it.

It was a Godly act.


Then one day something bad occurred

that took all that he had.

And that's when Koi could help no more -

so then they thought him bad.


So Grandpa Koi, now penniless,

was nowhere to be found -

but they demanded he come forth -

and stop fooling around.


They had new cars and houses too.

They had high paying jobs.

They had each gadget they could buy.

They acted just like snobs.


While they were living for themselves,

with gossiping abuzz,

the talk 'round town was Grandpa Koi

and it was all because...


...things got so bad that what they had

was rusting all away.

If Grandpa Koi was still around

they'd have some words to say!


But Koi could not afford to stay.

He moved from the grandeur

into a place with many needs -

the 'least of these', the poor.


Away from greed and selfishness,

away from beast and witch -

where friendships grew in peace and love,

that thrived despite the rich.


The Sunfish was a caring nurse.

The Trout and Koi were cooks

preparing food that Flounder grew -

while Wish wrote children's books.


Respect had crossed all racial lines

from one fish to another.

Then love and joy had filled their hearts

with smiles at each other.


The fish that Koi once lived with were

now frightened and subdued -

entangled in earth's mortal nets...

while fighting over food.


The moral of this poem's great,

if this whole world would love, not hate,



©2015 louis gander



Wish the Fish (introduced in story 01)

Big Mouth Bass (introduced in story 03)

Trout (introduced in story 04)

Sunfish (introduced in story 05)

Spark the Shark (introduced in story 05)

Grandpa Koi (introduced in story 08)

Farmer Flounder (introduced in story 08)

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Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Updated: Monday, April 20, 2015

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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