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




16 Responses to “Fish on Main Street”
  1. beth says:

    oh, no! I’m guessing the fish may be the only ones happy about this

  2. I’ve often thought of crowds as fish schools swimming around the city… hmm… maybe it is really happening because every day I see in the morning news somewhere else flooded and devastated by torrential, never-ending rains! Well said, poignant and real.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, how I love your playful poetry. The fun take an a serious matter lightens the mood. It’s fun to think of fish sitting at a bar. I wonder what they’d order…

    The photo reminds me of Old Ellicott City.

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    How clever and fun! I could picture the entire poem-I enjoy the laughter! You’re “flooded” with gifts, Brad!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    fun and creative – well done, Brad. maybe the fish should also visit the sporting goods store and somehow destroy all the fishing equipment…

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a really creative and enduringly funny piece, great picture to go with this piece. I really enjoyed it, have a great weekend Brad. Joni

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    You do comedy well. I’d like more pieces like this one.

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