The Vacation Craft

It began as a craft

with my mawkish crew

the fish died of a bacterial infection

from the morning dew

A jacket was made

to commemorate the day

the last day of vacation

in an unusual way

The fish were cleaned

the skin sewed together

hooks and rocks made jewelry

there was talk of adding a feather

It smelled awful

one of us gathered a flowery weed

spreading it on the coat

giving it the aroma of a sweet seed

Gathering the fish

wrapping them in the coat

jewelry at the neck

then in the water to float

Waving goodbye

the craft moved away

taking a picture

before going along our way

Years later

recalling our craft

telling our grandchildren

who think we are daft

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce


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