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Catfish

Story ID:6304
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:2009
Person:Catfish lovin Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Catfish

Catfish

I’m known around here as “Catfish”
No one knows my real name
I’ve run this store for many years
Me and the building is jus the same

As when I started
Way back in “34”
I know I needs a window,
And a door

A little paint
Maybe a new roof
But for me and my dog Trey
It’s good enough

The people buy my fish
All they’re interested in
Is a certain catfish
Swimming in the water in the bin.

Last week I was bothered
With men in suits and hats
Tellin me that I’d have to do
This or that

The building Inspector
Left me with a bunch of rules
That I’d have to follow
Does he think that Trey and I are fools?

The Health Inspector
Was a real Pro
He told me my fish holdin tanks
Would have to go.

The Safetyman dropped by
Told me to prop up my stoop
I needed more 2x4's
To hold up my tin roof

I was told I have to buy a license
To sell my Channel Cats
Change the water more often
Enough to drive you bats.

The IRS man
Left in disgust
When I told him
My income was just

Enough to feed my family
Of ten
The Guvment sends me a check
Now and then.

I’ve had one customer
This week
Swapped catfish for some “Moonshine Whiskey”
Money problem lookin mighty bleak

After a couple shots of moonshine
All around my store
There’s a rosy glo
And things are like back in “1934”
Monte L. Manka 09-05-10