Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Humpty Dumpty's song of the fish

it's sort of writer's appreciation week here at this fish, isn't it?
from the realm of the mind of Lewis Carroll, who wasn't actually a real person:

In winter, when the fields are white,
I sing this song for your delight--

In spring, when woods are getting green,
I'll try & tell you what I mean:

In summer, when the days are long,
Perhaps you'll understand the song:

In autumn, when the leaves are brown,
Take pen & ink, & write it down.

I sent a message to the fish:
I told them "This is what I wish."

The little fishes of the sea,
They sent an answer back to me.

The little fishes' answer was
"We cannot do it, Sir, because--"

I sent to them again to say
"It will be better to obey."

The fishes answered with a grin,
"Why, what a temper you are in!"

I told them once, I told them twice:
They would not listen to advice.

I took a kettle large & new,
Fit for the deed I had to do.

My heart when hop, my heart went thump:
I filled the kettle at the pump.

Then someone came to me and said
"The little fishes are in bed."

I said to him, I said it plain,
"Then you must wake them up again."

I said it very loud and clear:
I went and shouted in his ear.

But he was very stiff and proud:
He said, "You needn't shout so loud!"

And he was very proud and stiff:
He said, "I'd go and wake them if--"

I took a corkscrew from the shelf:
I went to wake them up myself.

And when I found the door was locked,
I pulled and pushed and kicked and knocked.

And when I found the door was shut,
I tried to turn the handle, but--"

from Alice Through the Looking Glass.

in honor of Ten Thousand Fish.

3 little fish:

Blogger zp swam up to say...

a quick glance through and i like this best . . . fyi, i recently had three fish: lucky, leon and marshall berman. marshall berman lived the longest, and lived to take a plane ride during just post 9/11 high security mania.

on my site, the dead fish photo got the most feedback, none of it particularly thought provoking. unlike the sea thoughts thoughts here. i'll be back. zp

12:10 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

it takes all kinds of fish...

12:28 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

love it

11:59 AM  

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