A Fishy Ode

Oh, oh …….. Did you know that when fish die, they turn their faces to the skies, they exude long, pain filled sighs, and sometimes have a little cry?
It may not seem quite right to you, but fish have feelings, fish feel blue;
I can assure you this is true!
Sardine, pilchard, haddock, bream, they are not cold fish, as they seem.
Just before they’re going to die, they turn their faces to the skies, and emit soft little cries!
You wouldn’t know it but they weep to leave their home in the deepest Deep.
They cry a little before they die, because they love their fishy lives, just like you and just like I.
And if you think this can’t be right, and it keeps you up at night, worrying about fishy pain; let me tell you once again ~ fish have feelings, fish can cry, and none of them feel glad to die; my best friend told me, so it’s true, and I love her through and through.
If you knew her, so would you!
She just told me, so it’s true!
It’s something she has known for years, the seas are full of fishy tears, and fishy sighs and fishy cries, and fish that wonder why o why are all our lives so brief and small?
And why are some fish long and tall? and some so gorgeous, some so plain? o why o why?! they cry again ~ are some fish fat and some fish fin? and some fish uglier than sin? And some shaped like hot water bottles? Or covered in weird warts and wobbles, and some have great extended eyes, and some are modest and so shy, while others roam the seven seas, in search of fellow fish for tea? And some hide on the ocean bed, pretending to be asleep or dead, while others hide in great sea weeds, and extend proboscis for a feed; and some turn suddenly from blue, to a colour of a different hue, that you have never even seen, even in your weirdest dreams. oh why were we fish born at all, except to feed our fellow fish or to end up on a dish? Oh fish have feelings, fish can cry, they turn their faces to the skies, and often wonder why o why? And some of them may live for years and even smile through fishy tears. And indulge them selves in fish ballet, of jelly fish and huge sting rays, and by midnight they’re all asleep, with eyes wide open, in the deep. My dear friend is no scientist; and she has been by fortune kissed, for after all she’s not a fish! And lots of people love her dearly and want to see her year, by yearly. She loves her children, husband, a dog called Ronnie, and her outlook is mainly sunny. And do you know, her favourite dish, is lightly sauted, flying fish? © IDF Andrew “I am Alpha and Omega 3 oils, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (King James Version). The pre-Christian history of the fish symbol: The fish symbol has been used for millennia worldwide as a religious symbol associated with the Pagan Great Mother Goddess. It is the outline of her vulva. The fish symbol was often drawn by overlapping two very thin crescent moons. One represented the crescent shortly before the new moon; the other shortly after, when the moon is just visible. The Moon is the heavenly body that has long been associated with the Goddess, just as the sun is a symbol of the God. The link between the Goddess and fish was found in various areas of the ancient world: In China, Great Mother Kwan-yin often portrayed in the shape of a fish. In India, the Goddess Kali was called the “fish-eyed one” In Egypt, Isis was called the Great Fish of the Abyss In Greece the Greek word “delphos” meant both fish and womb. The word is derived from the location of the ancient Oracle at Delphi who worshipped the original fish goddess, Themis. The later fish Goddess, Aphrodite Salacia, was worshipped by her followers on her sacred day, Friday. They ate fish and engaging in orgies. From her name comes the English word “salacious” which means lustful or obscene. Also from her name comes the name of our fourth month, April. In later centuries, the Christian church adsorbed this tradition by requiring the faithful to eat fish on Friday – a tradition that was only recently abandoned. In ancient Rome Friday is called “dies veneris” or Day of Venus, the Pagan Goddess of Love. Throughout the Mediterranean, mystery religions used fish, wine and bread for their sacramental meal. In Scandinavia, the Great Goddess was named Freya; fish were eaten in her honor. The 6th day of the week was named “Friday” after her. In the Middle East, the Great Goddess of Ephesus was portrayed as a woman with a fish amulet over her genitals. The fish symbol: “… was so revered throughout the Roman empire that Christian authorities insisted on taking it over, with extensive revision of myths to deny its earlier female-genital meanings…Sometimes the Christ child was portrayed inside the vesica, which was superimposed on Mary’s belly and obviously represented her womb, just as in the ancient symbolism of the Goddess.”  Another author writes: “The fish headdress of the priests of Ea [a Sumero-Semitic God] later became the miter of the Christian bishops.”  The symbol itself, the eating of fish on Friday and the association of the symbol with deity were all taken over by the early Church from Pagan sources. Only the sexual component was deleted….
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