MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

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

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., you've visited my fair state.... nice poetic journalism. IAMB impressed!