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Nika McGuin

Rookie - 603 Points (12/01/89 - present / Louisiana)

The Tiny Avenger

Fish have bones for a reason
to strike back at those who eat their flesh
no matter how beautifully marinaded
all it takes is a single scrawny bone
to take all of the pleasure out of eating it
I realize they serve living fish differently
but for dead fish they are weapons of revenge

Submitted: Monday, May 05, 2014

Topic of this poem: fish

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I was eating one of the best tilapia filets I've ever had and a fish bone poked me in my throat.

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  • Bronze Star - 5,295 Points Daniel Brick (5/9/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    This poem might seem irrelevant to someone who doesn't appreciate a delightful fish dinner, but for those of us who like fish it's a necessary reaction to one of the problems. I too have been bothered by the hidden bones although not as perilously as your experience. (Being a Minnesotan, sea fish is not my favorite. I love fresh water fish, like walleye or trout, but they're expensive, and there are over 10,000 lakes in MN that hold them Why the high cost? ? - Sorry, My taste buds took over!) But to see the stray bone as a revenge? Does that suggest some guilt at eating animal flesh? (Report) Reply

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