A Fishy Tale (Limerick)

Yesterday, when I posted this anecdote about my mother-in-law on Facebook, several friends urged me to turn it into a limerick. And so, I’ve done just that. (My limerick is right below the anecdote.)

True story: Sunday night, Mark kept anxiously re-dialing his elderly mother. When she finally answered, her voice sounded very upset as she said, “A terrible thing happened.” Then she paused, as Mark’s heart skipped several beats.

His mother’s next words were: “They stopped making my salmon.”

(She was referring to her favorite canned salmon, which actually is still available, but was out of stock in the two stores she’d been to.)

And now, the limerick:

A Fishy Tale (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Something awful has happened,” she cried,
And then paused. We thought someone had died.
That’s Mark’s mom at her best:
Her horror expressed
About salmon no longer supplied.

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9 Responses to “A Fishy Tale (Limerick)”

  1. RMP says:

    cute! definitely deserving of a limerick.

  2. Rachel says:

    LOL! The elderly are so cute when they exaggerate!! :)

  3. Jannpoet says:

    When you lose your favourite food
    I think you’re entitled to brood
    For it’s a sad hour
    When you’ve lost your power
    When they take things away
    You’re just screwed.

  4. Tumblewords says:

    Jannpoet hit the right note for me today! Clever words and fish tale all around, though.

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and thanks Jann for your fun verse!

  6. JulesPaige says:

    Change is the only constant -Doesn’t mean you have to like it.
    While not quite with the same product…my MIL also was disappointed when certain deli items where no longer available.

    Thanks Mad, and Jannpoet too!

  7. Sara v says:

    Excellent story and limerick! Thank you for the laugh :-)

    The horror of every Gran
    To lose their familiar brand
    Imagine the shock
    If your fish’s out of stock
    And the fear that it’s finally been canned…

  8. madkane says:

    Thanks very much Jules and Sara. Fun verse, Sara!