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Fry in a Cup

Robb Hoff is author of the novels Cosmic Egg Rapture, Serpent Egg Rapture, Contract With The Lycanthrope, and Crackers For The Lycanthrope.

Rainbow Trout caught at Six-Acre Pond in Kentucky in January 2022.

Rainbow Trout caught at Six-Acre Pond in Kentucky in January 2022.

FRY IN A CUP by Robb Hoff

What eyes are these below me!

This surprise hatched before my eyes!

Yours swim miniscule in wake left behind

The rainbow trout I kept fresh and alive

In the cooler I took to the pond with me.


The water I drew from the pond

Captured you before you could move,

And, now, here you are with me;

Miles away displaced and alone

In a world you never fathomed.


But don't fear, not me at least.

I want you to live despite this upheaval.

I didn't realize your plight in time to spare you

From the horror that now awaits your eyes.


Yet there is a sliver of hope you can acclimate,

Even if Hell freezes over in this creek

Downhill

From my bloody backyard,

Where I risked life and limb

To save sight and fin

And give you a fighting chance

To survive

And win.

The cup that held the fish fry trapped in my cooler. I released the fry into the creek down the hill behind my house, which inspired the poem, Fry in a Cup.

The cup that held the fish fry trapped in my cooler. I released the fry into the creek down the hill behind my house, which inspired the poem, Fry in a Cup.

Rainbow Trout By Any Other Name

© 2022 Robb Hoff

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