Saturday, 5 July 2014

fish (a modern day fable)





is it possible for a fish too drink so deep that it could empty the seas and flood the deserts with its piss?
to say i was scared by its size and shape is to say the first man was primitive.
in itself that statement is stupid. a gross over simplification of the bald facts. i was very scared. shit scared but then again who wouldn't be?
a fish with jaws the size of manhattan and the arse the size of manilla would frighten even Bishamon. and trust me, he doesn't scare that easy.
the sun rose red on the scattered isles as the winds howled their protest at the coming winter and the tiny fishing boats bobbed up and down upon the swelling tide like corks in a fat mans bath.

the fish was spiteful too. that was another factor to consider. a huge fish with an attitude. would you fuck about with something like that? something big 'n ugly 'n mean as spit? well would you?

unfortunately for the people of Kwangpo they had no choice. the gods had gone. no one believed in them any more let alone worshiped them and so they had left their pantheon and had retired to the warm coast of florida as fake second hand car sales people. they lived snug little lives in their retirement condos and no one bothered them overly.

but this fish was another deal entirerly. it was big trouble spelt with a capital B.

the top guys in the good old US of A got out their big guns and their big bombs and aimed them at the sky in a display of might and muscle but the truth was not even their much vaunted power could even begin to phase this mother fucker. something had to be done. something quick. question was what?

when something this big and bad is heading your way firing what amounts to pellets at its impervious hide will only provoke it more.

the wise beards sat down and scratched their heads and shoved their hands deep into their pockets only to find loose change and their scrotums to scratch.

you see these are the facts as i see 'em.
us humans run the world in the way we see fit. we pay lots of fake compliments to a host of bogus gods but in reality we couldn't give a rats arse about god. we don't, if you want the honest truth, much care for ourselves as we gaily go along fucking up this and fucking up that because who the hell is going to stop us?

the answer to that of course is the fish.

but the one thing a gargantuan fish needs is plenty of food and when it has consumed all the atlantic has to offer and then done the same to every other ocean and sea and river, what then?

again, mankind got lucky but one day, one day our luck will run out and when it does who are we going to blame?

a fucking fish?


words by Russell CJ Duffy
Music by Zoe Keating 'Escape Artist' from the album 'Into the Trees'

34 comments:

Spicy Cauldron said...

Clever. Full of wry observations and food for thought - though I might add, not fishy food as I'm vegetarian, hahaha... x

Cocaine Jesus said...

spicy>>>me too, have been since i was 19! i have to confess though, since my heart attack, i have been eating salmon and sometimes tuna. a veggie failure i'm afraid!

RuKsaK said...

Great post – anarchic and thought-provoking. Have you read Straw Dogs by John Gray? Great book – nothing to do with the Peckinpah film.

Queen Neetee said...

WOW! What a cool fish tale.

You took me fishing in and out of mankind's sel(fish) soul. You let me see again in another form the destructive and jealous nature of people. Anything mightier than themselves they either banish or threaten to wipe off the face of their little world. I like the way you yell in this one.

Well done.

Cocaine Jesus said...

ruk>>>haven't read that book. will give it a go.

Cocaine Jesus said...

queenie>>>this wasn't a pop at the usa but really a sly dig at mankind in general. thank you for the comment.

feminine expressions said...

cj, incredible creative provocative tale and so representative of truth. quite thought provoking. you are as intriguing as your expressions. this is a tale to be read again and again to be mined of all its messages...

Cocaine Jesus said...

fem ex>>>hey, the sexiest 48 year old on the blog. thanks for that. it is great to hear, or read rather, other peoples views. good to read that my words have some appeal to others.

thumbscrew said...

Could it be a Utility Fish that has escaped from the Shed?

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Is there something fishy going on here?

I love this line I had to wait till more composed to express myself 'the wise beards sat down and scratched their heads and shoved their hands deep into their pockets only to find loose change and their scrotums to scratch.'

bert moth said...

I kept trying to picture what the fish symbolized and global warming keeps coming to mind. In any case, this is quirky and brilliant symbolism. Actually, global warming would probably symolize us. Damn the fish.

floots said...

that's me - like a cork in a fat man's bath
i worried for a while
tried to pin down meanings
then realised i was just enjoying the ride in a phantastically phishy piece
time i chilled out
don't want (as mrs malaprop said) to be eaten by an allegory on the banks of the nile

Rohit Talwar said...

i enjoyed the fishy post!

Cocaine Jesus said...

sue>>>you and scrotums eh! well i never!

transience said...

me loikes the fishy tale! i say more because stuff like this is made to be ingested over and over.

Cocaine Jesus said...

Ô¿Ô >>>global warming. chicken flu. aids. take your pick!

Cocaine Jesus said...

floots>>>watch out for those agressive meat eating metaphors!

Cocaine Jesus said...

rohit>>>just another fishy tale.tail.

Cocaine Jesus said...

trans>>>be careful when you ingest this particular fish. it has nasty sharp bones!

Cocaine Jesus said...

thumbscrew>>>nope, not utility fish nor erotic fish just big 'n mean fish. just like me really!

Free Spirit said...

Very nice. Love the balance of your writing, got to admit.

Cocaine Jesus said...

free spirit>>>thank you kind comments are always welcome.

Shubhodeep said...

stinks of raw fish, but tastes very good!

Cocaine Jesus said...

shubber>>>hey bruv, don't talk about floots like that!!

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

That is a new type of hanky isn't it?

Cocaine Jesus said...

sue>>>floots is a new type of hanky?
he never told me the snotty old bastard.

Bouls said...

Living here in the land of the brave and the bold, "good ol' boys," U.arSe of A., I can only surmise that this little fishy tale is talking about "US." Who else on this earth is so revoltingly arrogant as to spread its planet eating wisdom to all who will listen and not. Bring on the big "fucking fish," I think we need a reality check. Can't wait to read more of your tell it like it is, head spinning tales. Wonderful writing! Bouls

finnegan said...

Metaphorical: I see "The Fish" as the incarnated offspring of "Moby Dick" and whose name is "Hubris".

Literal: No metaphorical beast that we conjure will outdo that patient and most ancient of life forms known as "Bacteria".

Notion: The Earth will manage without us, self-preservation and ego notwithstanding. We are working overtime to catalogue everything (including our DNA)
before the big fish rises. The psyche reels as it tries to comprehend "The End".

Cocaine Jesus said...

bouls>>>truly NOT about just the USA. more about mankind in general. america, china, britain, india.thanks for the compliment.

Cocaine Jesus said...

finn>>>we have a tv presenter over here, david attenborough (brother of actor sir richard) whose programme recently put mankind into perspective. if we died off NOW the planet would still go on. if insects died off as NOW the earth would die.
we think we are more important than we are.

Naiad said...

I can say many things that haven't already been said but will hold of for now.

Fantastic fucking tale and the name Cocaine Jesus is brilliant.

Cocaine Jesus said...

naiad>>>thanks for that. ditto yours and the pic AND the new one too. (yep i revisited!)

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

When the ice bergs melt, the fish will gobbles us up and then we'll be fish food for the minnows. The whole time, I kept picturing a Goliath Tigerfish attacking me.

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

Loved your reading. Very atmospheric. You have a good, distinctive voice.