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Momma Fish's Lullaby

(Martin Swinger)
February 2, 2019
Martin Swinger

From the ongoing project, Hungry Pond. 

Momma Fish’s Lullaby


I’d love to name you everyone

But I’d run out of names long before I’m done

And it would take much too much time

Almost a million of you – each of you mine

I will forget your faces,   You all look just the same

Should we meet again I hope you don’t hold me to blame

Don’t mean to frighten or be rude

But in your mother’s eyes – you look like food!

So, swim! Swim little fishies, swim!

Quick as you can grow strong   Or you won’t be here long….

There’s danger up over your head

Keep to the cool and dark and deepest part instead

When winter freezes off the sky     You’ll only fall asleep, you will not die.

The sun will warm the water, insects will dip and land

You’ll have to move up slowly   Catch as many as you can

But never linger in the sun –

The Heron jabs, the Racoon grabs and then – you’re done!  So Swim!


You have your daddy’s cool green eyes     Keep them watchful, open wise

Your mother’s song is almost done    I’ve told you all I know – Almost all I know

I’ve told you everything but One…


Now, Most of you will not survive

Cause every living thing has to eat to keep alive

You’ll learn to eat the others too

Because it’s Nature’s way – what bigger little fishies do

But you’ll be swift and clever, pay attention, stay in school

One slip you’re gone forever – Mother Nature’s Golden Rule

When numbers dwindle don’t be sad

You are the strong survivors     Just like your Mom and Dad!