Fish Makes His Way

Written by Rin Alexander Ascher on October 27, 2012
Arranged by Chris Barker on October 27, 2012
Published in Issue 002

fish makes his way outside,
slowly,

but once he is there it is
sunny,

just the way he likes it,
today.

the neighborhood children are
screaming!!!
their stupid little faces off as usual.

bloody knees

puppy dogs

horror and delight are the same,
and fish has to admire that level of dedication to
"self expression"

he is trying to be
mindful
today,
and as he walks to the chicken shack,
he looks at the little lost leaves on the sidewalk,
all telling similar
stories.

fish
has a favorite chair, and a favorite number, and a favourite meal
at the chicken shack

he has good luck, and gets two out of three
today.

some old man
with a face like a dried up apple is
sitting!!!
in fish's favorite chair,
staring
off into space with a chicken sandwich in front of him.

fish eats his chicken meal in a
different
seat by a
different
window,
and watches the cars go by he
eats
with one hand
and counts
and recounts
his change in his pocket
with the other,
without looking.

he has
sixty five cents
which is a really nice amount of change to count and recount.

there is some graffiti on a billboard in the
distance
reclaiming cultural airwaves and
shouting!!!
some defiance at a faceless decider of images,
to be safely consumed by the public.

it looks like
a muffin
but it is probably not
a muffin.

fish counts and recounts
sixty five cents
and looks casually at the old man in his favourite seat
and knows
he is enjoying it!!!
because he has peacefully fallen asleep
snoring
quietly
spilling his french fries all over the table.