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Terror in the Tank

A poem by Beverly Stock.

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My brother, unfamiliar

With pet fish that were killers

Put a Gourami* in my tank.


This angry Gourami

Ate my oldest fish, a Mollie,

And the census in my tank sank.


Gourami swam up to another

Ate a Ghost Shrimp then his brother,

As he started his buffet within my tank.


Before I could catch him,

He went down for a deep swim

and ate my last four Tetra’s, as they sank.



POET'S NOTES: *A Gourami is a bad choice for any aquariums with less than five gallons.




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 BeverlyStockPoetry.com and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

Terror in the Tank

© 2021 Beverly Stock

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