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




21 Responses to “Fish on Main Street”
  1. Athira says:

    What a terrific scene

  2. beth says:

    so clever! and don’t forget a stop to the local aquarium store to spring their friends )

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    This has been the summer of floods all over the world, hopefully the autumn months will be less harsh. Great work my friend.

  4. This has been a much needed humorous look at the amount of rain many of us have gotten this summer. And hey, it’s nice to let the fish have a chance for fun, too!

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    What an interesting read Brad. Our world is flooding in one place and burning in others. What a cleaver way to imagine a scene with some amazing imagination and detail the fish walking around with their shopping bags. Spending their time shopping. So cleaver. Sending lots of hugs 🤗 and love. Joni

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    We’re in our fourth drought year in the last five years. Wildfires burning all over the west, and the air is filled with smoke. I traveled today and couldn’t open my window all day long. No floods for us.

  7. You see possibilities in everything!

  8. Jim Borden says:

    they may want to avoid visitng places like Bonefish Grill…

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