Variations on a Familiar Song

⠀⠀⠀⠀Variation 1—
⠀⠀⠀⠀A fish is an animal that swims in a pond.
⠀⠀⠀⠀He eats smaller fishes he has conned.
⠀⠀⠀⠀He can’t get nowhere through the silt and mud
⠀⠀⠀⠀until he’s washed up by a summer flood.
⠀⠀⠀⠀But then if gasping for air is all you wish,
⠀⠀⠀⠀you may grow up to be a fish.
⠀⠀⠀⠀Variation 2—
⠀⠀⠀⠀A fish is an animal that swims in a sea.
⠀⠀⠀⠀He’s great for a dinner recipe.
⠀⠀⠀⠀His species may shortly be endangered, yet
⠀⠀⠀⠀he’ll always be welcomed into any net.
⠀⠀⠀⠀To be the Catch-of-the-Day — if that’s your wish,
⠀⠀⠀⠀you may grow up to be a fish.
⠀⠀⠀⠀Variation 3—
⠀⠀⠀⠀A fish is an animal that swims in a tank.
⠀⠀⠀⠀He floats where his dad and mommy sank.
⠀⠀⠀⠀He drinks from water where he’s dropped his waste
⠀⠀⠀⠀and sees no further than his tank gets placed.
⠀⠀⠀⠀But if aquarium existence is your wish,
⠀⠀⠀⠀you may grow up to be a fish.

prompted by Take It From Here…
at the imaginary garden with real toads

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24 Responses to Variations on a Familiar Song

  1. Helen Dehner says:

    This is delightful! So reminiscent of ‘Would You Like To Swing On A Star’ … an old (very old) favorite of mine.

  2. peggygoetz says:

    I can easily hear this as a family song! Don’t think I want to grow up to be a fish! Thanks for responding to the prompt and posting!

    • Maybe I need to try to write a few variations that do a better job of making the fish be something we’d want to be more like. Like how my poem today responding to a prompt on Jealousy explores how I could tell who knew a past friend of mine well based on how much I wanted to be like her – the better I truly know the fish, the more you want to grow up to be the fish.

      They get to skinnydip at will… They blow bubbles…. They don’t drown…

  3. Mike says:

    The only problem that I have with these amusing and delightful deviations is that the tune is now firmly lodged in my brain and will still be there at bedtime.

    • Oh, but it could be much worse — my playful deviations could lodge so firmly in your brain, that you’d never again be able to hear the song without thinking of me. Now THAT would be a real problem!…

      ⠀⠀⠀⠀Or would you like to swing on a star?
      ⠀⠀⠀⠀Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
      ⠀⠀⠀⠀And be better off than you are?
      ⠀⠀⠀⠀Or would you rather think of Cyn?…

  4. Kay Davies says:

    If you’d like to end up upon a dish
    You may grow up to be a fish!
    Really enjoyed this.

  5. So much fun…sort of a painful twist to familiar…

  6. vandana says:

    All the facets of life…

  7. poetalias says:

    A fish is a trophy on a plaque on a wall,
    his capture a warning to us all.
    Though schools have made him so he’s like the rest,
    he likes it bragged like he’s the all-time best.
    Except if that sort of lie fulfills your wish,
    you may get mounted like a fish.

  8. Kalpanaa says:

    Three,not one! Impressive. I’ll tell you which line I liked best – “he eats smaller fishes he has conned.”

  9. “Swingin’ On A Star” from “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” wasn’t it? Anyway, what a great parody. I’m so happy so many folks were familiar with it… in my piano bar days, I got lots of requests for it. Your parody was spot-on in terms of phrasing, too. Well, now we wait for the PIG prompt…!

    Thanks for linking up at Real Toads! Amy

    • A pig is a creature that belongs on a fork
      so that’s why God made’im out of pork.
      ⠀⠀⠀⠀His snout is ugly, he prefers to grunt,
      ⠀⠀⠀⠀and all he does all day is want want want.
      But if a slow sloppy lifestyle’s one you dig,
      you may grow up to be a pig.

  10. Reblogged this on clarior e tenebris and commented:

    difficult to focus on today’s prompt by Daily Post
    Daily Prompt: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star
    — with my fish wishes feeding on my childhood dreams

  11. alienorajt says:

    I love this! It is quirky and funny and makes me smile. Alienora

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