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The Fish Seller
by Michelle M Mead
Friday, September 02, 2011
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Inspired by the painting of the same name by Giner Bueno, oil on canvas-similiar but not exact painting to be added to this.



He would never truly know the finer points pf selling fish,

The way a back aches from lifting, bending, stretching,

How the screaming sun burns the skin a ruddy brown,

Leaving behind bits of freckles here and there, muddy raindrops.



His retreating boat was all she could see when she closed her eyes,

His crumpled straw hat and white shirt, the flag of his departure,

But without that lone sea walk, what to do, to eat, to sell at market,

Nothing left on this beach but white sand, blue-grey and a rush of




Oh, but to be one of these gathering ladies of wealth and wisdom,

Pale and fine featured in full dresses beneath their open parasols,

Their day holding all the promise of a summer’s lengthy afternoon,

Soft gloved hands beneath both perfectly clean and smelling of roses.



But for this fish seller, jewels are rough scales of a still-flapping fish,

Glimmering in the breathless heat of that same afternoon’s sun,

No scents but the fresh flesh of this death that brings their life,

From the forever staring eyes of a fish seller’s daily work done.

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Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/28/2011
never described as an art or craft for that matter -- good fishmongers are worth far more than a casual nod to their existence -- I like how you have chosen to compare the diversity of wealth here - I bid you love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/18/2011
The fishmonger's life is a hard one, but necessary whatever the land meets the sea. Often painted, the scene is captured beautifully by your words. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/12/2011
Two worlds described in this vignette. Very nice last stanza, I particularly like the "death that brings their life".

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/8/2011
Very poignant juxtapose of comparisons, beautifully amplified in such a striking. thoughtful and philosophical conclusion. xx
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/6/2011
Lovely story, Michelle!

Reviewed by Kimberly LaRocca 9/6/2011
I loved the Fish Seller. You really take the reader into the poem with you. Thanks so much for the visit. Kim.
Reviewed by Janna Hill 9/5/2011
Another beauty Michelle.
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 9/4/2011
You know how to take a picture
And sprinkle it with star dust

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 9/4/2011

You tell the work of a fisherman with analogy of a beautiful woman so well. Great poem.

Reviewed by jude forese 9/4/2011
excellent imagery ...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/3/2011
Another fine poetic projection, Michelle,
as once again you let your mind, or it lets you,
go beyond the canvas to a highly personal
and intimate understanding.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/3/2011
Hard work pays of, they say the money is clean and we all eat it. Great write Michelle.

Newfie Hugs, Rose

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