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Fishbowl

July 21, 2012
By so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."


I peek outside from
Behind the glass.
Azure surrounds me,
A glint of bright orange here and there.
Her mouth moves open and closed,
Laughing,
I cannot hear her.

I look myself over,
And don’t see anything wrong.
Bubbles fly from my mouth.
Pointing fingers,
Taps on the glass.
Tink, Tink.
The glass shakes, but sadly
Does not break.

There’s one, two, three…
Four girls.
Tink, Tink.
It seems like thousands.
Laughing, mocking.

Pebbles crush below me,
Their colors
Blue, purple, and green.
Tink, Tink.

Girls looking at me,
Looking at their leader
Like a pack of wolves.
Tink, Tink.

I see a sign,
“Please don’t touch the glass”,
As if they care.
I rather them break the glass,
Than leave me alone.
Tink, Tink.

This is
What it’s like to
Live in a
Fishbowl.


The author's comments:
This piece is from the perspective of a fish living in a fishbowl, isolated from the rest of the world. The fishbowl is a metaphor about bullying. When the victim is being bullied, they feel disconnected from the group and exposed, because the bully can see them from every single angle.

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on Aug. 2 2012 at 10:59 am
Zero_Black BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
1 article 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you love something, then let it go,
If it comes back, it's yours forever,
If it leaves you, then it was never meant to be.

wow, great metaphor! i can really see it clearly, the imagery is good. it's also nice how you use "azure" rather than "blue" in the first stanza; your vocab is smart and intelligent, too. thanks for a great reading!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jul. 31 2012 at 3:40 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you!

on Jul. 30 2012 at 9:02 am
albinotiger GOLD, Gloucester, Massachusetts
13 articles 0 photos 187 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win"- Stephen King
“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate”- Isaac Asimov

first thx so much 4 the comment :)

Second, this poem is fantastic!!It really captures the feeling of being bullied! it is inspiring and true! one word to sum it all up . . . Spectacular!


so_joy SILVER said...
on Jul. 30 2012 at 8:01 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you!

on Jul. 29 2012 at 9:39 pm
jeepster72 BRONZE, Perris, California
2 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Beauty and the Geek" -Ashton Kuthcher

the last stanza (: <3

on Jul. 29 2012 at 3:50 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
1 article 0 photos 1985 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

Awww, thats a powerful metaphor. It makes a great great poem. From either perspective- a fish or victim of bullying, its a really good poem :)

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jul. 29 2012 at 12:05 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jul. 29 2012 at 12:04 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Oops! I didn't mean to write that. Sorry!

InkWriter13 said...
on Jul. 29 2012 at 11:24 am
Great poem. I love your use of colors and sounds. The imagery really works effectively. Unique perspective. :)

korrie123 said...
on Jul. 26 2012 at 5:24 am
Amazing! Love this poem!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jul. 25 2012 at 6:52 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you for the inspirational comment!!

on Jul. 25 2012 at 12:30 pm
thatclarinetgirl12 BRONZE, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it's stupid."-Albert Einstein

i never thought of it that way before. thanks for the inspirational read!