Fish


It's a bleak lookout
when the largemouth bass
and the humpback
flounder
over the common cod fax.

It smelt.
And the smooth hounds
have their little dabs on it.
And they carp:
"It's brill!"

What a bunch of lumpsuckers,
kippers,
cheapskate
threshers around, trying
to get themselves off the hook.

If you sell your shoal,
if you perch high
on your seahorse,
it's plain as a pike:
you're a brown meagre.

The plaice man waits
for the cod's wallop.

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From Tony Blair Reminds me of a Budgie

During The Guardian investigation which led to Jonathan Aitken's downfall, there was much discussion of a 'cod fax' which was sent by the newspaper to the Paris Ritz in order to obtain information.