Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for Fish Friday

Get ready...this is pretty deep stuff...day 6, poem 6, about fish.  Only 2 poems today...unless I edit this after more come flipping out of my mind...hmmm... "flippin' out of my mind"... interesting thought... could be I am.

Font: FutureFont
Tagxedo Theme: Fresh
Poem style: Free Verse

F
ish
silently
weaving
between
green
ribbons 
tying two
worlds
together
they struggle
in the light
and breathe
in the dark
as a mirror to
our world of
breathing 
in the light 
and our
struggle
in the dark
unknowingly
gliding amid
the green
fingers
touching
both
worlds -
land
and 
sea,
    water
       and
               ai
                  r

© 2012 Donna J.T. Smith
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Don't these f's look like water grass...a little bit...waving in the water, the crossing line is the water line, the top curve is above water bending in the breezy air, the bottom part growing from the pond/lake bottom?
Fantastic!
I thought you'd see it my way!
A Fish Haiku for You
For poem number 2:

Live fillet feasting
On water flea filigree
Diner or dinner?

© 2012 Donna J.T. Smith

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You can click on each name to see a freshwater fish you can find in Maine:

Nine Spine Stickleback
Swamp Darter
Redbreast Sunfish
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 
Rainbow Smelt 
Northern Pike 
Chain Pickerel 
Black Crappie 
Cusk 
Brown Bullhead 
Muskellunge
Splake
Fat Head Minnow
Long Nose Dace
Northern Redbelly Dace
Creek Chub
Emerald Shiner
Alewife 


Now, to me Nine Spine Stickleback is a poem unto itself.  But I think there is a poem in the names of these fish...somewhere.  I just couldn't get it out today.  Maybe another day, but at least you can enjoy the unusual names and see what they look like in case you ever get on Jeopardy or have to identify a fish in a line-up.








 

17 comments:

  1. Well, I'll go backwards. Love the names-redbreast sunfish/pumpkinseed sunfish, & on. I have rarely paid attention to the names, unless they're on my plate! And love the ffffffffffffff. You are right-the perfect graphic! Plus, the 'water flea filigree'-beautiful! And 'weaving between green ribbon' too. Lovely post Donna. You meet these challenges so beautifully. I think this time I can tell you are by the ocean.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I LOVED your post today. I love hearing those birds waking up the day.

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  2. Love this post -- your words and graphics are wonderful. Reminded me of Cummings, my favorite poet of all time. :)
    Great list of fish names, too. Never heard of any of them before.

    fffffffffffffffffffffffffffabulous!

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  3. Thanks, Jama! I always wonder if fish know we are up here like we know they are down there.

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  4. I like the way you wrote the poem-looked like your words were swimming like a fish :)

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    1. Thanks! I'd hoped it's shape would hold. It's a bit lumpy, but I think it must have just eaten something!

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  5. Your words flowed swimmingly. I really connected to the visual art you so carefully connected.

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    1. Thanks! I just dove fin and gave it a swirl.

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  6. Very clever, Donna...you have a gift! Enjoy the blogging challenge...

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    1. Thanks! I'm enjoying this so far...x is coming up someday in the not too distant future...we'll see how much fun I'm having then!!

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  7. I wrote a poem about a fish once. Because, well, someone told me I couldn't. I wonder what I did with that...

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    1. Ha! That's why I do most things! Someone tells me I couldn't! Hey, and I usually lose things, too! We must be twins.

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  8. I especially loved the first poem. The structure worked perfectly with what you were trying to say. :-D

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    1. Thanks! I'd hoped it would work together. I called it "free verse" but it is also a shape poem...but that doesn't start with an F!

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  9. Your first poem is perfect both in form and substance. And the waving grass of fffffffffff -- YES!

    Do you know April Pulley Sayre's TROUT, TROUT, TROUT: A FISH CHANT? If not, you must go find it. Fun stuff.

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  10. What a "F"un, fun post! Thanks for all this creativity. I've never heard of a Nine Spine Stickleback, but I think I'm in love with it.

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  11. Great stuff! Thank you for sharing!

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