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The Song of the Stickleback

May 28, 2015 7:41 am
Categories: Poetry


Pike, misted by the mire of matted matching meanings

Like an almost motionless machete, waits as rigid lure

Downstream of the maelstrom, that best of feeding lane

Hugging the reed-filled bank, lies in wait for bigger prey


Deprived of easier eating, with source of inspiration hard to find

Robs food from out the mouths of its own younger siblings

Its victim, although exceeding the vicious predator in size

On this day, the stickleback would be its only chance to dine


Pescador. See through the magic lantern’s dappled glint

The stickleback, has reputation, a good father, unusual for the day

Snared, hooked in darting movement by snaggle teeth and yet

Escapes and draws him to that fisherman’s waiting day net


That stickleback, thrown back by displeased Saxon anglers

The French would find a very tasty dish, sees out that

Magnifico of sluggish stream that sought slack water every time

This 101, catch-all of a second hand, ensures the pike lasts no more than this day.

The END.

 
Mike Sutton
May 28, 2015 at 8:02 am
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I made a link to this poem from the "blogs" page on my website

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Mike Sutton
May 28, 2015 at 7:54 am
Beware the Stickleback

Art and poems have hidden depths and special meanings - some never intended by author or artist. Some perfectly intended:.

The spiny truth will stick in the throats of the credulous when they come to admit it, or else when they stay silent in the teeth of it.

So tellers and sellers of soft myths should beware of their prey.

For me, this is an excellent poetical lesson that resonates with my research.

 

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