The Fish for Example

There is a kind of opulence on display
with a child reaching his hand
into a glass fishbowl
attempting to pluck out
the terrified prey.

Any fear
that resides with the fish
is far outweighed
by the annoyance and anger of an adult
that can’t help but be incensed
by a person who has just figured out
how to push their buttons.

The fish
for example
might just think that at some point
far back in its history
there was a great upheaval.
Benevolent kings were slain
princes were crowned.
A great war was fought
and won
by ancestors that couldn’t possibly
be well-enough considered.

And then
seconds later
an entire history
would be lost.


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