Jerry Ratch

Rookie (August 9,1944 / Chicago, IL)

Puppet X,18 - Poem by Jerry Ratch


The goldfish is dead

The goldfish is dead
and the clam went away

I saw that the goldfish was dying
A bulge in his side
and his double tail fins hanging down

So I put his bottle in the sunlight
on the windowsill
where I could watch
the sun on his golden body
and the light blue
at the ends of his double fins
It was like catching
a tiny pair of angel's wings

I watched his body turn sideways
That bloated side about to burst

I watched as his body rose
through the vegetation
Past the red and brown snail
dreaming of wood

And I watched him
float to the surface and
kiss the day good-bye

Comments about Puppet X,18 by Jerry Ratch

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Monday, December 21, 2009

[Report Error]