The Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“No human being, however great or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.” John Ruskin

The Question

The question formed in my mind,
do fish ever swim backwards,
but I guessed it to be true enough,
for what can go forwards
can surely go backwards,
humans do it so well,
and a new question formed,
do the scales of a fish prise open
as they swim backwards?
And I wondered, naturally,
how this might feel.

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26 responses to “The Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Deep lines raising a lot of thoughts

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  2. I guess a fish might seem free but how big is the bowl?😀


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  3. Maybe fish are smarter than people?

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  4. Thought provoking piece. I have never witnessed a fish swimming backwards . Makes me wonder. Wonderful piece.💕

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  5. This is true nirvana Paul when you are musing of the swimming of fish forward or backward.. ❣️

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  6. This is the first time I’ve ever encountered the question of whether fish swim backwards.

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  7. I can just hope no fish read this poem. Anyways I am glad they can at least turned around go back.

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  8. lync56

    Interesting pondering


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