My Pet Merlion

The following poem was written by Tan Xiang Yeow (Chemistry + USP), Class of 2014

In an arc, you flew,

snared by greed.

That hook pierced your lip

and you,

you thrashed.

With your head of fur

and fishy body,

you thrashed.

 

You were beautiful,

a cat-fish that obeyed.

Suckling my fingers.

Swimming to the surface,

begging for food,

so smart!

 

I loved you,

more than I ever loved

my hamster or parrot.

Why did you die?

 

Your body bloats.

Your eyes glint, glassy.

You stink.

Why did you die?

 

Slicing you apart.

Removing your ebony heart.

Scrapping out your innards.

Replacing your eyes

with beads.

 

A head of fake fur,

an empty body,

my stuffed

Merlion.

 

Forgive me, I loved you. 

 

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