Remind Me

Paul wore a red and yellow striped fish upon his head.
It was once a paper mâché piñata.

He wore it on morning-afters when his head throbbed
as if it were hit many times by bat swinging kids.

He wore it to signal his friends to be wary,
since his tolerance was infinitely shorter than infinite.

When Paul entered the cafe, they knew from the fish
to bring him coffee before he ordered.

In this state of mind he feared the giant hedgehog,
Spiny Norman, but conceded he might be

placed outside of a Monty Python sketch, then wondered
if he needed to wear pearl earrings and a dowdy frock

to be his best at a cafe breakfast
of scrambled eggs and a double chocolate cake slice.

Paul wore a red and yellow striped fish upon his head.
He asked people for the name of Dudley Do-Right’s horse.


copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney

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