Fish on Main Street



If it is angel’s tears that make raindrops fall

Then heaven must be having one hell of a bawl

For this rain has not stopped in a score of days

And the river finds itself some new pathways


Now it meanders the streets of shoreline town

And we head to the hills for fear we will drown

We leave behind all the shops lining Main Street

Let the newcomers shop as we beat our retreat


I wonder what the fish now shopping may think

Do they stop by the corner tavern for a drink

Is the hair salon the first place that they seek

Or do they stop by the shop full of antiques


I imagine they would consider buying a bike

Or stop at the store with the candles you like

Maybe the pet store to set their friends free

Or deli to nibble at some of their excellent brie


They cannot pay for things on some layaway

Or mail order things from places far away

For once the waters return to the river

Shopkeepers have no way to easy deliver


This thought plagues me as so innately funny

Fish swimming our town, spending their money

Going to places they have never before seen

And just hanging out at all of our local scenes


And though this river is not the Amazon

It offers Prime days for their shopping fun

For these denizens and citizens of the deep

Before the flood waters return to their sleep




20 Responses to “Fish on Main Street”
  1. yassy says:

    This is awesome!

  2. beth says:

    a whimsical and positive literary piece, to pull us all out of the water

  3. Kaylen says:

    haha…great poem here. Your rhymes always leave me filled with inspiration. This reminds me of a Doritos commercial … …. it’s so silly and stupid but still one of my favorites πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. WildHeart says:

    Haha… This is so nicee… Really loved it! 😍😍😍😍

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I love this, Brad! So playful! I could imagine the fish sitting on a bar stool, drinking some gin, eating bar food, then heading over to explore the shops. I’m finding myself jealous of the fish for having these pleasures we currently dont. So lively & fun, though! A much needed distraction! Thank you, Brad!! The picture reminds me of old Ellicott City, which has suffered two great floods within two years of each other.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    This was a fun read. I just hope there’s no tuna fish on the menu at the deli…

  7. This is grate Brad. You put a smile on my face today.

  8. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Genius Brad! Fantastic! I love it😊, humour and reality…humour mixed with tragedy…an interesting mix that only a poet like you could recount with such brilliance!

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