Dirty Laundry

Denver Aquarium Grouper by Cathy Ulrich

Hidden conflict.
Or, maybe,
not so hidden.
Long friendship
by change.

One silent.
One vocal.
Each missive
jabs and prods
in what seems
an attempt to
decry the other.

public complaint
makes me wonder:
that your familiar
now deserves
such ire?

Remind me
to cross you.

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

10 comments on “Dirty Laundry

  1. And I naively thought that this was going to be a tale about the hassle of having to do one of life’s weekly chores.


  2. I had no idea groupers had teeth like that. Impressive shot, Cathy. And it sounds like a sad and awkward development you wrote about. I hope it resolves peacefully and happily.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, MW. Me too. It has been troubling and a poem felt like a way to express my feelings about it. Doesn’t involve me directly, but it does feel sad. It’s not my usual fare here, but it came to me as a poem and I decided to publish it. And that grouper is amazing, isn’t it? I think, while those look like teeth, they’re actually ribs! The photo shows the fish’s ribs and gills from the inside. I was getting ready to take a shot and the fish went “gulp” and did that. It enlarged its belly and opened its mouth wide.


  3. taseotjul says:

    Although I am not currently in the situation that your words evoke, they stroke me as so true emotionnally. You have a striking talent with both image and word (and one within one another).


  4. Becky says:

    Sometimes relationships are difficult.


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