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Author's Note:
After reading gomarsoap's "Advice to Poets" which relates that every poet should have at least one sad clown and one dead pet poem I have endeavoured to rectify that here. I couldn't help throwing in a sunset as well.


Alas, Alfonso,
We have lost Rovonzo
Poor little pet clown fish
Flushed away with the toilet swish

Oh, already I so deeply miss
his sparkling repartee
and witty retorts
No more do the guamis kiss
neons fade to gray
algae blooms on the glass walls of my heart

No owner could want better
for an aquarium court jester
Wee white-striped fool
Orange joker of tank brat-pack pool.

Oh where? Where is my faithful friend?
Ever dogging my heels
Struggling for breath
In the air that he couldn't breathe
flip-flopping along the sidewalk
in his own unique silly way

Alas, Alfonso,
My brave little Siamese Fighter
I fear we've seen
the last of Rovonzo
Flushed into the twilight swish
All I have left is his collar,
his lead and his feeding dish

Glorious rose bowl sunset
Even the yellow banded antics
Of the Indonesian bumble-bee fish
kamikaze bandit of the tank filter
seem to hang heavy
on the horizon

Plastic castle pumping bubbles
under a fluorescent strip of moon
the red turrets empty and hollow
without dear Rovonzo hiding there
planning his next performance
to please the catfish crowd

Rovonzo, we all thought
as upside down you did float
you were just rolling over
and playing dead
only when you began to bloat
did I realize it was all my fault
Who could have guessed
some tropicals need
their water salt?

No more, Alfonso,
No more Rovonso...
Rovonso of the long golden fin
Let down.....your scales.....
No more.......


Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "Rovonzo"
by Smithy

thanks pen and Demeter
Haha! Glad you both enjoyed. I had a few laughs writing it too. Good to do something less serious than the Tarot cards. Yes, I'm glad the ending worked with the pauses. It was all..a bit..a bit taxing. (sigh). Reading "the rape of the lock" made me think of doing an epic parody type poem.

Pen, gomarsoap has a poem called "Advise to Poets" posted under poetry. It was only a couple of days ago.

Demeter. We had a tropical aquarium as well. Plus we would bring back fish that lived in the local creeks as well. Nice to have a splash of color and life inside the home.

Thanks for commenting and enjoying.

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: May 4, 2005 )

Sigh - we've all been there. How did the goldfish find it's way into my electric pencil sharpener? Sad clown indeed! Good work, Smithy...I should laugh more...


( Posted by: strangedaze [Member] On: May 4, 2005 )

thanks strangedaze
Good to have a laugh strangedaze. How did those two toads tied together by a shoelace get hung up on those telephone wires? Ahh. How cruel kids can be? No wonder the adults are like they are. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed.

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: May 6, 2005 )

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