Fish Story

by Ken Harnisch

True story

No lie.

No fooling.

No shit.


Two guys working

In the Fulton Fish Market


(That’s in New York,

Geography loving


One swears this

Dead carp spoke to

Him, saying,

“The end is near.”

The other guy,

An Ecuadorian,

Crossed himself

And cried, “el Diablo!”


And it was

Only a coincidence

That you can look

Up from the Fish Market

At anytime

And see the hole in the sky

Where the World Trade Center

Used to be

But hey,

That’s just …a fluke

Isn’t it?

(I made a funny!)


Well, of course

We laughed;

How silly!

Especially when

The bass that hangs

On my living room wall

Told me

Just yesterday

“Don’t Worry,

Be Happy”


Fish Stories…

Heck, you just

Don’t know

Which one to believe



Posted on 03/18/2003
Copyright © 2022 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Sarah Brookes on 03/18/03 at 06:11 PM

Hmm, I like this :) Nice twist of humour and a slight bite which just screws the message home.

Posted by Leah Laiben on 03/18/03 at 11:07 PM

Singing fish on your living room wall, eh? Talking/Singing fish just cannot be trusted, Ken. :)

Posted by Kate Demeree on 03/19/03 at 03:51 AM

*laughing sooooo hard*.. Oh Ken~ Now I will have that screwy song in my head all night .... *grin* pssss did I ever mention how much I love Fish Stories???? Great Fun Read! (Only in NYC could this really happen *giggle*) There is a bit of a bite here though, I doubt that the WTC will ever be far from thought.

Posted by Kate Demeree on 03/19/03 at 03:54 AM

PS this is a great way of getting a point across, some wise man once told me that "In every jest is a grain of truth" Well Done....

Posted by Rhodora M Fitzgerald on 03/19/03 at 11:24 AM

lol Ken... This is very clever! Funny, yet very profound. A fun read!

Posted by Melissa Arel on 03/19/03 at 07:02 PM

Oh Lord! LoL.. :)

Posted by Anne Engelen on 03/19/03 at 07:50 PM

hahahah...only in America..oh nooo..;they imported those singing fish. Fun read:)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/22/03 at 06:58 PM

Three cheers for the singing bass! Nice well delivered departure Ken. *big smile*

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