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A Prawn By Any Other Name. Poem

A Prawn By Any Other Name.

Far away in the tropical waters of the Caribbean,
Were two prawns named Justin and Christian,
They loved swimming around and being larks,
But were constantly harassed by hungry sharks.
Finally one day, Justin fed up and forlorn,
Told his mate he was sick of being a prawn.
“I wish I was a shark and couldn’t be beaten,
Then I wouldn’t have to worry about being eaten.”
A mysterious cod appeared out of the dark,
And turned Justin into a great big shark.
Christian now fearful of being tempting bait,
Quickly swam away from his once good mate.
Time passed and now Justin was bored and alone,
When his friends saw him they scurried off home,
Justin soon realised that his appearance outright,
Was now the cause of his unhappy plight.
One day while swimming alone in his domain,
He encountered the mysterious cod again,
He begged to be changed from his menacing shark form,
And lo and behold he once again became a prawn.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes,
He went and bought cocktails for all the prawn guys,
(Ah! You might be thinking prawn cocktails in this verse,
Is the punch line…but no… believe me… it’s worse).
Looking around the gathering amongst reef and coral,
He couldn’t see Christian, his dear old frightened pal.
“Where’s Christian,” he frantically sought,
And was told he was at home and very distraught.
Looking to put things right again and to make amends,
He shouted through Christian’s door that they should be friends.
“No way man,” said Christian, who had grown so much thinner,
“You’re a shark! I won’t be tricked into being your dinner.
Justin replied, “No I’m not…I’ve learnt my lesson,
I’ve found Cod. I’m a Prawn again, Christian!”
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Posted: Jul 22, 2017
About this poem:
Well...when you think about this poem in a metaphorical's really quite profound!

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Comments (3)

  • godsprincess
    godsprincess Jul 2017 Owego, New York USA
    Well - some parts blushing - other parts are really cute. But the last line I love! Great job!

    Kathy wave
  • godsprincess
    godsprincess Jul 2017 Owego, New York USA
    P.S. Yes there is a very important life lesson in there! Thanks!

  • mcradloff
    mcradloff Jul 2017 Platteville, Wisconsin USA
    Clever ending and clever poem. I once kept two crawdads in my fish tank, but they kept banging on the glass trying to get out, so I let them go back into the creek I got them from.cheers
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