Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

A Fishy Tale

I’d like to tell my story but

It strikes a note of fear.

I was resting with my eyes half shut,

Just fishing off the pier.

When out the blue a madman took

A hold of me and then

I saw he held a vicious hook.

I’d heard about these men!

I’m treated like a piece of meat,

Thrown cold into a cell.

Then kicked around by booted feet,

And slapped about as well.

With all my might, I hit him hard

To which he gave a shout.

As I escaped I left my card –

Yours truly,

Salmon trout.

6 thoughts on “A Fishy Tale

  1. Hi Alys,
    I like this poem because you put yourself in the perspective of a fish. It describes what the fish would feel like when we take it out of the water.

    • This is true, Nuwin. I thought it would be fun to write a poem from the perspective of the fish. I must say I do feel sorry for them sometimes. But I also love eating fish and chips!! Alys

  2. Dear Alys,

    The poem was amazing and I think the fish had a hard time. The poem flowed correctly and I like the rhyme.

    Kind regards


    • Hi Ranulaka. I wrote this poem many years ago but I only recently finished it. It was tricky getting it to rhyme so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Dear Alice,
    This poem is fantastic, and I like the way you made the poem about a fish and a fisherman. 🎣🐟🎣. I still wonder what fish kind was the one in the story. I have seen fisherman before but I never knew that the fish would fight back like that.

    Kind regards

    • Thanks, Tirath. I had lots of fun trying to write this poem. I wanted the reader to be surprised at the end when they realised it was about a fish. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a live salmon trout so I can’t tell you what they look like. PS: love the emojis. Alys 🐟🐟🐟🐟

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