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911,  What  is  your  emergency,  please?

IT’S…..   IT’S THE FISHES…..

The  fishes,  sir?   What  about  the  fish?

THEY’RE  SWARMING ABOVE  WHATEVER  IT  IS…..    IN A FRENZY…..   WATER  SPLASHING  ALL  AROUND THEM!

Where  are  you,  sir?   What  is  the  nature  of   your  emergency?

{ SOBBING GASP }   DON’T  YOU UNDERSTAND?   THEY’RE  SWIMMING  EN MASSE  AS  IF  THEY  WERE  ONE SINGLE  HYSTERICAL  FISH!  SURROUNDING IT COMPLETELY!  YOU HAVE TO COME AND PULL  IT OUT!

Pull  what  out,  sir?

THE BODY…..   THE BODY!!!!   SOMEONE HAS TO GET IT OUT!!!  PLEASE!!!  { SEEMING TO SOB UNCONTROLLABLY }

Are  you  saying  there’s  a  dead  body  in  the  water?   Did  you  hurt  someone,  sir?

YES…..  NO…..  NO!!   YES, THERE IS A BODY IN THE WATER ~ THE FISH ARE TEEMING ABOUT  IT…..   ALMOST LIKE  THEY’RE TRYING TO PROTECT HER.  I DIDN’T  HURT ANYONE…..    I  WAS JUST  WALKING BY…..   I’M  CALLING TO REPORT  IT.   PLEASE HURRY!

We  have  someone  on  the  way  now,  sir.   What  is  your  exact  location,  please?

I…..   I DON’T KNOW…..  UM…..   SOMEWHERE ON THE YOUNG RIVER…..   DOWN BY THE OLD WEEPING WILLOW.  { BEGINNING TO RAISE HIS VOICE IN FRUSTRATION }  CAN’T  YOU LOCATE ME FROM THE GPS ON MY CELLPHONE?

Can  you  see  her,  sir?   What  does  she  look  like?   You  said  “her.”

I’M  JUST  GUESSING IT’S A WOMAN.  THERE’S  LONG HAIR FLOATING ON THE WATER.  THE FISH ARE COVERING UP EVERYTHING ELSE,  AND THE WATER IS FOAMING FROM ALL OF  THEIR MOVEMENT.  I’M  SURE THEY ARE PROTECTING HER…..   BUT  I CAN’T SEE WHAT FROM.  I  WON’T GO ANY CLOSER.  I  DON’T  WANT  TO CONTAMINATE THE CRIME SCENE.

Why  do  you  call  it  a  crime  scene,  sir?   Do  you  see  any  signs  of  a  struggle?   Or  a  possible  murder  weapon?

IT’S  TOO DARK  TO SEE  IF  THERE WAS A STRUGGLE.   I  CAN’T  SEE  ANYTHING,  I  JUST KNOW  FROM TELEVISION SHOWS THAT  I  SHOULDN’T  ENTER THE CRIME SCENE.   WHERE ARE YOU PEOPLE,  FOR GOD’S  SAKE?

{ SILENCE }

…..DO  YOU HEAR THAT?   IT’S  LIKE THE FISH ARE CALLING ME TO COME HELP  THEM   …..   …  ..

Sir!  You  just  said  yourself  that  you  shouldn’t  contaminate  the  crime  scene.   Stay  back,  sir.

Sir?  Sir?  Are  you  still  there?

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“Down  by  the  River”   Neil  Young  with  Crazy Horse

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artwork ~   “The four elements – Water”   M.C. Escher
{ fair use }

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this is my submission to ~

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The Sunday  Mini-Challenge   at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:   write an Ekphrasis poem ~
Ekphrasis is the graphic,  often dramatic,  description of a visual work of art


thank you,  Kerry  {and Hedgewitch}!

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Poetry Pantry #131   at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem


thank you,  Mary!

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i am also participating in ~

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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“Down  by  the  River”   Neil  Young  with  Crazy Horse

lyrics ~

Be on my side,
I’ll be on your side,
baby
There is no reason
for you to hide
It’s so hard for me
staying here all alone
When you could be
taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

You take my hand,
I’ll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness
is too much sorrow
It’s impossible
to make it today.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

Be on my side,
I’ll be on your side,
baby
There is no reason
for you to hide
It’s so hard for me
staying here all alone
When you could be
taking me for a ride.

Yeah, she could drag me
over the rainbow,
send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river,
Dead, oh, shot her dead.

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32 Comments

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32 responses to “⠂Թ ⡂ֆ⢐ Թ⠐ the fishes ⠂Թ ⡂ֆ⢐ Թ⠐

  1. I love Neil, but I never liked that song. Too creepy.

    • that’s why i thought it fit with the ‘poem’ {not sure what to label it ~ maybe just ‘911 calls’} ♥ thanks for stopping by, Sis!

  2. You do suspense well, dani!! I enjoyed this and now I want to know the rest of the story…forthcoming?

    Great write, dani and by the way…I apologize for my tardy response on the awesome feature!! I really appreciate it, dani, thank you so much!! Hearts.

  3. What an amazing response to the image. I love it. The music works perfectly with it!

    • i actually had this set at the ocean until i remembered the Neil Young song, so changed it to a river. thank you so much for your kind, kind comment, Susie! ♥

  4. peggygoetz

    Totally weird and creepy Dani!! Good job!

  5. Wow! Wow!
    This is simply amazing, Dani. What an original and unusual approach to story-telling. I love the drama of the conversation, and the mystery of the woman sleeping with the fishes.

    • you are too kind, Kerry! ♥ at first glance, Escher’s image appeared to me to be a jumble of fish. then i looked more closely and saw that each fish is there in its entirety, but i still had that feeling of a frenzy of fish… so, this is where my twisted mind ended up. {smile} thanks for the fabulous prompt!

  6. oh dang…i really like this write dani….like a short story…its got nice intensity to it….its a bit surreal with the singing fish asking them to come help…but its got that panic feel as well….very cool

  7. Frantic story! A goody.

  8. Wow Dani! Your poem really set the scene for me! I love

  9. Ooops..I am a spaz. I wanted to finish my thought. You could really write a suspense novel as you captured the feeling of the piece, and the suspence so well. Freaky scary!

    I smiled when I read about your crackers! How fun! Love to hear when others get into a crafty groove!

    • i love to cook, bake, sew, crafts of all kinds, draw, paint, write…. writing is about the only thing i’ve been doing the last couple of years. need to get back to some of the other things, too, so thank you for your inspiration, Winnie! ♥

  10. Helen

    Yippee… a real screenplay!!

  11. Wow! You got me! and I am not leaving!

  12. ha – so very cool dani.. wonderful storytelling…i felt like i was right in the middle of it

  13. Escher’s oeuvre invites interpretation by each viewer, doesn’t it? And going with your reaction to the work doesn’t necessarily mean a twisted mind. It is, if you ask me, a twist of fish.
    Loved the 911 conversation as a poem.
    K

    • i love that, Kay! “a twist of fish” ~ i see them dancing to a Chubby Checker record now. {smile} thanks so much for your visit and kind comment! ♥

  14. suspenseful! i couldn’t stop reading till the last line. :) sometimes it’s good to leave the work “unfinished” and let the reader form his/her own conclusion.
    good stuff!

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