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Wish the Fish 07 (dignity)
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By Louis Gander
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Wish the Fish 07 (dignity)

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.


It came about, Wish heard a shout

from deep inside the school

right after Shark made his remark

that Big Mouth thought was cruel.


Well, Big Mouth's rants were over pants

that sagged excessively.

He didn't care his underwear

was bared for all to see.


Now Wish showed up with coffee cup

and sat down at his desk.

It was obscene the sight he'd seen

and thought it most grotesque.


He wished he could, then knew he should -

a lesson he must teach.

He thought awhile, then slyly smiled,

and gave this little speech:


My fellow students:

Now Big Mouth Bass exemplifies all here that is fallacious

in this lone, revered world we live, in which we all must share.

His iconoclastic approach to our collective wisdom in this omnipotent environment

brought him to a definitive conclusion from which he seems not much to care.


He has a parsimonious view of others which has resulted in an entrenched desire

to expose a recrementitius portion of his (uh-hum) 'person' to others

exhibiting a total disregard and total desertion of any minuscule respect he may have had

and has brought us to this point in time, my fellow sisters and  brothers.


His absence of etiquette - not to mention his failure to bow or tip the hat, et-cet-er-a, was as a prelude

to the selfish conclusion that he knowingly exhibits upon the rest of us - is no myth.

His abominable act warrants an immediate reward of retribution for his present expose'

and as such deserves to be exercised accordingly- now, right here, forthwith.


Wish stopped, then sat - and after that

things went along quite well

for Bass's mom and dad came by

right after classroom bell.


Of 'cultured' stuff, they'd had enough -

hence screams most inhumane.

But then, when through, he answered to

the teacher, clear and plain.


Abide, he did, when Shark forbid

him showing underwear.

Yes, Bass reflected full respect

and wore his pants with care.


His seat had burned from lesson learned.

We knew that Bass was tanned.

Though pants had fit he couldn't sit.

Poor Big Mouth had to stand.


The moral of this poem's great,

if this whole world would love, not hate,


(do not confuse 'dignity' with 'pride')


©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)

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Submitted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 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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