an icy sky of comets

if you’re a fish


This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #628, Ice skating, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, a Lou Reed song that isn’t really about the scene that plays out in the haiku…

7 thoughts on “Skaters

    • Well, never having been a winter sports person, I needed to find a different way of sharing the skating experience. And while I don’t know a great deal about fish, either, I do find the TV show “River Monsters” strangely addictive and so… erm… that was my thinking, I suppose 🙂

      Yes, fish are very sensitive to disturbances (RM tells me), so skating must seem like chaos unleashed. Glad you enjoyed it.

      • I find it oddly hypnotic – every week, there’s the dramatic voice-over: “Villagers along this stretch of river tell tales of a demonic fish that attacks unwary travellers, so when a family of four vanished from their beds in the dead of night… was a fish responsible?!”

        Then, at the end, he decides the fish was probably innocent all along. It hooks me(!) every time 🙂

    • Thanks, Chèvrefeuille. Odd chaps, fish, with a sense organ attuned to vibration running the length of their body – it must make the world a very different place 🙂

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