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0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope...
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0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope...

Poem By Michael Shepherd

Off the coast of California
where else
hornyhead turbot
and there's a name for a start
were found to be bisexual with
ovary tissues in their testes

the males were found congregated
around a sewage outlet

before graffiti writers
and fundamentalist preachers
develop the implications of
this newsflash
I think I'll stop
right there

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Comments (5)

The end is perfect and perfectly timed. Every aspect of the poem adds to its humor: the name of the confused little fish; the image of them congregating around the sewage outlet (no doubt smoking anchovies and propositioning passing schools of fish (male, female, etc.): and the invitation to the reader to speculate at his/her/its peril all combine to make this a delight.
... the comma's out... with thanks for reading it so carefully...
Michael...this is close to perfect. Does it need the comma.
I don't know if it is better to say they made it up or if they are actually telling the truth....nicely done.
Ahh...so, you've visited my fair state.... nice poetic journalism. IAMB impressed!