NPM 2019 Beta Fish to the Rescue!

I picked another three random colors today in my on-again-off-again NPM Poetry Paint Chip play. When I saw the first selection, I thought I was doomed. “Rice Paddy”? Really!? Then I pulled “Topiary Tint” and “Searching Blue”. From some dark corner of my brain, a dim memory surfaced–a life line. Don’t beta fish live in puddles in rice paddies? Hmmm….

Looking up

Below the surface
of the rice paddy pond
does the beta fish wonder at
the verdant topiary tint
of green seedlings
rising skyward,
ever searching blue?
Or does he merely circle,
content with his own rainbow of colors
in his own boundaried world?

©Molly Hogan, 2019

2 thoughts on “NPM 2019 Beta Fish to the Rescue!

  1. margaretsmn says:

    You really stood up to the challenge of these words. Topiary tint? What color is that? I also like how you made the poem a question from nature. Did you see Matt Forrest’s post on PF about sedoka poems? I want to try this form.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Topiary tint is a light green. I really thought I was sunk with “Rice Paddy”! I did see Matt’s post and fooled around with a sedoka in my notebook this morning. I can’t wait to see what you try!

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