Friday, March 27, 2009

They Come From Above

Their swift, massive ships control everything in the above.

They are hideous, malevolent creatures, incapable of sentiment. They lure us out and we’re abducted without warning or mercy. If we are released, it’s not out of compassion, but due to some strange criteria that they choose not reveal to us.

Their probe hypnotizes me and, as if by magic, they seize me painfully onto their ship.

They grasp me with their horrid appendages and I cannot breathe in their brutal atmosphere. I writhe and gasp under the sinister glares of their giant misshapen heads.

“Damn, throw him back Clem, he’s got to be the smallest big mouth bass I’ve ever seen.”


rebecca said...

Laugh, if you will, but this is why I don't like fishing! And, yes, you lured us in alright...I thought I was reading a sci-fi horror tale!

Pyzahn said...

When I was just a wee one, I caught a sizable crappie. Then I cried when I realized the hook was hurting his mouth and he was going to die.

Very traumatic for a young, naive kid from the flatlands.

I saw my granny kill a chicken once and I refused to eat it because it was dead. Sigh.

But then,it's not about me, is it? Funny post!

Doc said...

Okay, I'm not the only one who wonder if fish have nightmares. Thank you for reassuring me that I am not a whack-job. And if I am, I'm in good company.


Paul Brazill said...

good un!

Cormac Brown said...


I have some empathy for the fish, but I dislike fishing mostly because I really cannot stand just sitting there and doing nothing. I'd rather read a book if I'm to be stationary.

"I thought I was reading a sci-fi horror tale!"

Ah yes, but you were! It all depends on your perspective.


"But then,it's not about me, is it?"

No, it is about you, that's how I learn. For example, I would've never known what Crappie look like, because I've never had the impetus to look them up. Not to mention, Raymond Carver mentioned Dolly Varden and I've put off looking them up for about a week.

The crappie and chicken stories make me wonder about the first time that anyone sees death and recognizes their own mortality.


I do wonder if they have nightmares as we know them. After all, some fish are smart enough to squirt water out of their mouths to knock down prey and even more fish seem to know when not to take the bait.

Paulie Decibels,

Thanks un
; )

SkylersDad said...

Have you ever seen the stand up comic Larry Miller? He does a routine about the catch and release fish at the bar with his buddies. "You don't understand Sam, I was IN THE BOAT! Hit me again..."

Corey Wilde said...

Just goes to show, always wear your tin foil hat, even when you're swimming, to ward off the aliens.

Pyzahn, I saw my dad kill a chicken once and learned what the expression 'running around like a chicken with his head cut off' really meant.

Cormac Brown said...

Sky Dad,

I remember Larry as an actor, not so much as a comedian. He does good smarmy bureacrats.


Tin foil? Dammit, I wasted all that money on aluminum.

Katie Schwartz said...

Ha. Oh, Cormac, you crack me up! Great yarn.

David Cranmer said...

Very good. I enjoyed being fooled.

Dale said...

I was hooked from the first line! Loved that.

Cormac Brown said...


A sheynem dank.




Thank you.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I tried it once and was bored to smithereens. Plus you have to be quiet.

Cormac Brown said...


Not if you do it off a pier and in my case, we brought skateboards (this was in grade school). But like I said, if I have to be stationary, I'd rather be reading than fishing.

Gifted Typist said...

hope that's no endangered

Cormac Brown said...


None of the fish mentioned in the story or in this comment section are currently endangered, though this will eventually change because their spawning grounds are vanishing and they're too damn tasty.

Bubs said...

Loved it!

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