A flat fish, lost and lonesome
asks, ‘Oh, which way lies the sea?’
of a trawler’s mate so handsome
she believes his ‘follow me.’
She does. They reach The Anchor.
He is buying. She has beer.
‘That’s a chaser,’ he says handing her
a shot. Makes her feel queer.
It’s a routine they keep repeating
from Cheers to the Rose and Crown.
‘I am starved. I fancy eating
something fried,’ he says. She frowns.
The plump plaice keeps smiling flatly
the way most flounders do.
She finds the mate beguiling
but she drinks and lets him stew.
His own smile turns to grinning
then to yearning then to drool
as he fantasises winning
while his mind fries up a school
of flat fish like the flirty one
who keeps saying ‘bottoms up’
so frequently he spends a ton
of his earnings for the cups
of the wine and beer and whiskey
they keep drinking matching shots.
He’s lethargic. She’s more frisky
telling him, ‘I like you lots.’
She reminds him of a floozy.
He reminds her of a shark.
He is seeing double, boozy,
when they totter to the park.
He has not forgot his hunger.
She has not forgot her quest.
Right before he could have hung her
on his grill she has finessed.
She finds him dear without his trawler
but his will remains a wish.
ever can drink like a fish.
He last sees her neatly diving,
swimming strongly to the sea.
She waves fins, says, ‘Keep driving
us extinct, you’ll be killing me.’