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· Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

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  A Fish Out of Water
by Peter J. Oszmann
Sunday, July 17, 2005
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There’s more ocean in fish than fish in the ocean…

Nature is wise, but Mankind… just bumbling fools.

Learn from the living, watch water in motion,

Don’t waste your time staring at small stagnant pools.


Fish are content to live their life in water,

Water is after all their life’s element.

There’s no need for them to be an “achiever,”

Living, staying alive… that’s accomplishment. 


But there was one fish wanting something “better”,

He wanted “achievement,” he wanted a “first.”

He leapt out of water, fins in quick flutter,

Taking fast to the sky…  but soon died of thirst…



© P. J. Oszmann (2003 inspired by a Sufi teaching tale.)

Illustration by Carrie Glenn ©

By the kind permission of the artist






 I recently discovered this very talented and accomplished young artist through a fortuitous “misunderstanding.”

Having clarified the misapprehension through email correspondence, she gave me her permission to use her illustration for my poem.

I am truly grateful for her kind consent.


I am updating this poem for the sole purpose of bringing her illustrative and artistic talentl to the attention of fellow authors and readers.

Please visit her website at the above address and also at  (Search Carrie Glenn under Artwork)





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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/30/2005
A gem of wisdom and insight, Peter. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 7/24/2005
excellent poem, Peter ...
Reviewed by Tracey O' 7/19/2005
This is the most wisest poem and the way you have written this is absolutely uniquely Superb!
You are magnificent! I am in Awe. this one should be on my and everyone's refrigerator, workplaces and schools to remember forever. Thanks so Much (c :)
All my love for you and your family.
Remember your promise. (c ;) wish I was there.
Tracey xooxoxxooxxooxxo42
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/19/2005
Puts me in mind of a Buddhist koan regarding the sound of one hand clapping...Ed
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/18/2005

An excellent story...but what courage that one fish had! To die in the pursuit of discovery...a bold adventurer, he...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/18/2005

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :D
Reviewed by Sue Hess 7/18/2005
nice story
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/18/2005

Wise mirror showing how to correct face's distortion.
"A Fish Out of Water" depicts the mistakes and leaves
the option for the taker.

Keep Your quills dancing, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/18/2005
Aaawwwww! I hate it when they died of thirst!!!!!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(

Books by
Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. Words Will Never Express How Lucky I am to
  2. You Don’t Know Me
  3. Love is Like a Flower
  4. The Liar
  5. Happy New Year (rhyming acrostic)
  6. It's Simple
  7. A Little Drop of Rain
  8. Wishful Thinking
  9. If Jane Were a Cajun
  10. Freedom of Speech
  11. No Room for Fear
  12. Me vs Facebook
  14. Facing the fuure
  15. Yesterday
  16. My Heart is Full
  17. Writer
  18. Blood Of A Slave, Heart Of A King
  19. Cool Old Guy
  20. She

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