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Below is the poem entitled Foolish Fish which was written by poet Eileen Ghali. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Foolish Fish

On that night two foolish fish
Were found garnished on his dish
They’d dropped out of school
For playing the fool
Not to die had been their wish

Now they wound up on his plate
To be consumed by his date
Foolishness still there
Humans unaware
Just wanted to satiate

But that which addled fish brains
Now gave those humans some pains
How ‘foolish” to eat
The refuse filled meat
Poison in humans remains!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

This limerick was born out of a joke between me and a soup member about the benefits of vegetarianism. I had joked that with MAD cow, and bird FLU, soon there would be a breakout of FOOLISH fish. The person quipped that it was because the fish had “dropped out of school” and challenged me to write a poem….Well, here it is. Some facts:
Fish is known to be the best type of meat to consume because of the Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. However, care should still be taken when consuming fish. “Fish is one of the most polluted foods we eat. Unfortunately, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of methylmercury, which is poisonous to the brain. Mercury accumulates in fish when polluted water is filtered through their gills. The longer a fish lives, the more the mercury accumulates. Large fish eat small fish and accumulate all of the mercury that was in the small fish. This mounts up exponentially. Our tissues also accumulate the mercury of all the fish we eat throughout our lifetimes. No fish is completely free of mercury and other pollutants. If you eat fish regularly, your body is undoubtedly high in mercury. High body stores of mercury cause brain damage and memory impairment, leading to dementia. It has been demonstrated that fish contain enough mercury to harm an unborn baby or harm a young child’s developing nervous system” (Dr Fuhrman).

Don’t hate me! I’m just saying……. ;)

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 6:20:00 PM
    Now I know why I'm so brain damaged and you know why my memory is so poor lol. Now what was I going to say about this poem erm eerrr ....... Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 9:33:00 PM
    Found your funny....loved glad I catch,clean and eat most of my fish out of local private fresh water ponds so I know they are safe and a lake that runs around our town with the Arkansas and cimmarron rivers flowing into it,,,maybe iffee but notlike the ocean pollution I think...liked this one cutie....night,,

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/26/2013 11:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    MD...YES...those fish are GREAT to eat. Fish IS good for ya! I'm just being tongue in cheek, that's all! Love YA!!!!!!
  1. Date: 8/25/2013 7:34:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading all the comments..

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/25/2013 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Glad to know that, Richard...After all, you are the one who prompted me to write this!
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 11:06:00 PM
    Lovely poem , made me smile, and yes folks, scientists have discovered, eating is bad for your health!!!! :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/25/2013 5:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That was tongue in cheek! I forgive you. Must be a carnivore for sure!
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 12:28:00 PM
    Very enlightening poem. I seem to remember something about high mercury levels in tuna. But it is my favorite fish. I can't stop eating it. Thank you for sharing this poem. Loved it.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/25/2013 5:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I do a lot of things that I shouldn't do as well....knowledge doesn't equate abstinence. We do what we can when we can.
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 11:30:00 AM
    Cute write, Eileen! I knew there was a reason I don't like fish! HaHaHa! Love, Kim

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/25/2013 5:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) HA HA HA HA HA HA! Good one, Kim. :) Enjoyed your comment.....
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 9:33:00 AM
    - ..... I rarely eat fish .... In Norway we drink "Tran" (fish oil / Omega 3) a tablespoon for the day. - Well done poem my friend Eileen ! - Have a great weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/24/2013 10:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My husband does too, Anne Lise....Omega 3 is REALLY important. Fish is good, if you are sure that it is fresh and from pure, unpolluted water. HUGS!
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:58:00 AM
    I'm glad I don't like fish. This is tragic yet still somehow this has made me smile. A great way to use humor to get an important point accross.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/24/2013 10:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, you teased...this is the result! ;) aren't a carnivore. You are an omnivore! ;)
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 2:49:00 AM

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 8/24/2013 11:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkk Yoooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)