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Schooling Sardines

A poem by Beverly Stock.

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In Sardinia, one sight to be seen,

Is a massive school of silver Sardines.

Canned, they fall short of Haute Cuisine.

They look much smaller when man intervenes,

Filets in water or oil, no space in-between

Jaws removed- faceless figurines,

Fish packed tight in tins, shiny clean,

Freshly returned from the guillotine.

In Asia and Europe, sardine snacks are routine,

And considered as healthy as a US soybean.

Living in the beauty of life that’s marine,

Inexpensive protein, no fat, just lean.

Long ago, Mom and I ate canned sardines-

Piled upon freshly opened saltines.

Mother and I both went grey as teens.

I think there’s a link to the clum* in sardines!

*edible innards


Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp Online, in the UK. Visit and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

Schooling Sardines

© 2021 Beverly Stock

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