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The sidewalk menu listed
All the specials of the day,
Inviting every passerby
With time and means to pay.

But one such item on the list
Elicited a grin
And made me wonder ‘bout the tool
That reeled that sucker in…

For “pole-caught tuna” was the dish
On which one might have dined;
Yet Huck or Jim upon their raft
Was what it brought to mind.

The restaurant wasn’t fancy
And I’m sure nobody thought
About the method used
To get that tuna snagged and caught.

If I were writing adjectives
To make that menu shine,
I guarantee that “pole-caught”
Wouldn’t be a choice of mine!



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  1. Date: 8/23/2014 1:39:00 AM

    Excellent poem, Ilene. I don't think the fish cares though LOL. Have a great weekend, my friend......Peter
  1. Date: 8/22/2014 9:35:00 PM

    True southern definition. You either catch the fish with a pole which means singular or in a net with many others I am sure we would all rather be individual not cast into the group. You my dear are an individual Keep up the good work Edith