You might know them as “minnows”--dinky little baitfish.
This basically happened as I wrote it. I was eight at the time. (Actually, I mighta been seven, but close enough.) It may not seem like much, but it disturbed me as a kid, and then I put it out of my mind for a long, long time, and only started thinking of it again, oddly enough, when I hit my late thirties and started writing poems again. On a sunny, mostly calm August Saturday morning, unlike the cooler March day that this happened, the poem just came to me, and I wrote it mostly down like this—no lie. But try as I might, I could not recite it with the sincerity the event or the poem retelling it demands. On this one, I really needed help.
Huge, huge thanks to urmaker, one of the best narrators of true horror and other scary stories around, and not just on YouTube. I've been a listener for a long time, and I honestly could not think of a better narrator for or ask for a better reading of my poem. I'm not really part of the YT horror community except as a fan, and I don't know him outside social media, so I'm as astonished as I am honored and humbled that he read this for me. Astonished, honored, humbled, and profoundly grateful. If you are a fan of great storytelling, and especially great scary storytelling, and aren't subscribed yet, click the links below and rectify that now--
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Photo by sarangib and in public domain, available at www.pixabay.com.
Poem by me; soon to appear in my print chapbook “Shaking the Wind” (see below for information). Rights to the poem belong to me; acknowledgment to Finishing Line Press.
Reading by urmaker (thanks again!)
This one's for my grandfather, Frederick M. Stefon (1916-1994).
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