/ August Laubscher (Writer), Zhilin Li (Illustrator)
Poetry — 1 min reading time
There are two schools of
fish darting past my stinging eyes, tender in the salty ocean
thought on the topic of
fish, I had some nice fried cod the other day.
drowning. Some survivors
find shelter in a reef; others are less lucky as the shark circles above.
of this traumatic aquatic
fish are the only kind of fish
ordeal have cited their
are other fish in the sea!
experiences to be quite
fearful of fish is ichthyophobia
harrowing, as one would
waltz with a wrasse, two-step with a tadpole, cut a rug with a catfish!
imagine drowning to be.
He’s swimmin wit da fishes now, see?
However, there are those
who escape the net, and others who end up on the sushi table.
who report that for them,
fishliness is next to Godliness.
drowning was not painful,
in fact, several studies suggest that fish do not experience pain as we do;
but rather peaceful. In
fish we trust
fact, one drownee may
experience both of these
kinds of love for fish: fraternal, romantic. In this TED talk, I will outline
sensations, initially going
fishing; I’ll be back in a few hours!
into a panic but relaxing
their rear dorsal fins, the yellowtail fall into a synchronized dive/
after an acceptance of fate
or a loss of consciousness.