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Wish the Fish 11 (love)
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By Louis Gander
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Wish the Fish 11 (love)

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.


The church seemed very quiet there

below each ocean wave -

and blessed, a special mother was,

because her son behaved.

He didn't whine, he didn't squirm,

he didn't make a sound -

and sat so still and reverently

when off'ring came around.


The doctor bills had taken all -

so money?  She had none.

The off'ring plate had passed her by

- but not her little son.

Inside his 'hand', his tiny fin

where heart and love enjoin,

a 'clink' had echoed through the church.

Dropped in, his little coin.


Her heart was heavy knowing that

she couldn't show more love -

by doing things for her small son

she thought the world of -

...like take him to some baseball games,

go camping after dark -

...like going on vacations,

or to amusement park.


Then after church, as sun came out,

as pastor shook each hand,

as mom and son had left the church -

the pastor didn't stand.

He knelt through socializing noise

with laughter in the air -

and shook the hand of her young boy,

there in his wheel chair.


That night when they knelt down to pray

for animal and bird -

and other fish throughout the sea,

his little voice, she heard.

Despite their plight, his pleading prayer

was for a hungry boy -

so fail, she did, containing tears

from overwhelming joy.


With tear-stained cheeks, so proud she was -

the way that he had prayed -

in humble, true sincerity -

with love for poor displayed.

His meager off'ring, God had blessed

as sleep had passed his way.

They say the ocean level rose -

a thousand tears that day.


Now folded up in closet dark,

a dusty wheelchair -

but wholesome legacy of love

is still expanding there -

where coins drop in the off'ring plates

below each ocean wave.

And blessed, a special mother is,

with treasured mem'ries saved.


The moral of this poem's great,

if this whole world would love, not hate,



©2015 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED




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)

Catfish Jim (introduced in story 10)


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Submitted: Sunday, May 10, 2015

Last Updated: Sunday, May 10, 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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