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When you write about Fish

By 24/08/2009May 31st, 2019dream, writing, writing ideas
Write about fish
Write about fish in an hourglass

Who is the bigger Fish?

Today, I write about fish. Why? Well, because I can. That’s a lie. It’s because I must.

For as long as I have had my aquarium, (a glass box with an open top, a little taller than my knees, longer than my arm, and as wide as my elbow to my wrist. A small community affair with a few small fish, lots of plants, some stones and a lone driftwood, lots of moss and grass), my dreams have consisted of fish swimming around in varied waters.

In my dream(s), the fish keep trying to escape and I desperately try to put them back in. Sometimes they go flippity- flop on a tiled floor, sometimes they just escape and swim around in air, bright flecks of multicolored light, guppies and angels and goldfish and tetras, and I try to convince them it is better for them to swim in water, air is no place for fish. At others, there’s a flood from somewhere and big fish swim into small aquariums, and I’m scrambling to find bigger aquariums to put them in, or my fish find ways to swim out and escape into a stream, bright, happy, remote, untouchable.

Last night I dreamt of fish again, only this time they were dying fish, fish all around me, melting, their skin soft, no scales, breaking into tiny pink-white- salmon fillets, and I tried to put them back together.

I’ve talked about lucid dreaming, and this was one of those. I knew these were my fish dying and melting as I watched. Another part of me lay awake, telling me this was a movie, all of it a make-believe. Neither these fish nor I was real.

And then I made myself wake up, totter to the aquarium and take a look at all my tiny fish, frozen little shadows, deep in blessed slumber.

Indigo left a comment saying she didn’t know I owned an aquarium. And maybe I didn’t want to blog about it because of the strange, repeated dreams I find myself in each night, dreams that probably say something to me. Or may be stuff about me. I dunno. That’s why perhaps I decided to write about the fish.

Write about fish

Write About Your Fish?

All I know is that the new ferny-floaty plants I bought last week make my aquarium look like a tiny patch of fairyland, that my two tiny blue male dwarf gouramis have called ceasefire over disputed territories and seem to be getting along at last. The golden tetras have stopped dying. The last four seem to be eating well. My rummy nose tetras flaunt bright and lively red mouths, and my pretty blue-red cardinals play about this morning. The lone white angel is curious and hungry, at its healthful best.

To write about fish feels like writing about my writing, somehow.

All seems to be well with the world. For now. Or at least till I go to bed tonight, and slip into a dream.

What about you? Do you own an aquarium? Do you write about your fish?

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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18 Comments

  • A good combination of a fish and a dream. Amazing story…keep it up Damyanti!!!

  • Ahh fish in dreams! They can represent feelings coming to the surface and/or thoughts, fantasies and emotions swimming around inside us. They can be either nourishing or threatening. They can represent messages from the unconscious mind or aspects of your spiritual side surfacing or in this case needing recognition before they die. In a religious context they could also represent Christianity. Jesus was also considered a “fisher of men”. If you believe in the Zodiac you might look up some of the attributes of Pisces.

  • lesleyscoble says:

    Hello there ? I’ve tried to like your blog on fish but it won’t let me for some reason!? So this comment is to say I like it ?

  • Dear me, I hope your dream-fish stay where they’re supposed to, now that you’ve written about them. I currently have one golden betta in a 2-1/2 gallon aquarium (with a top! I also have cats!). He’s the latest in a long line of beloved piscine presences who’ve shared my bedrooms since childhood, and he can lower my blood pressure with just one elegant turn around his little plant-filled world.

  • aj vosse says:

    No… I don’t own an aquarium… but the grand-kids do. It contains just two fish… Goldie the giant and Finn the fun! I actually posted a photo of Goldie just days ago. He/ she is a greedy guts that almost jumps out of the tank when a human comes near the tank… food, food and more food… that’s what it wants! Finn is mellow… and gets on just fine.
    Gosh… now you have me writing about fish… and they’re not even mine! What I do have is my own lobster pot… I still have to go put it to the test… and if I should be lucky enough to catch my own lobster I will have a meal fit for a king… and queen… ans a few other nobles! 😉

  • michet73 says:

    Enjoyed your Post (content) your expression (writing style) and visuals!

  • oneta hayes says:

    You left me a like on”Of Heaven, Hell and Walmart Bags.” Thank you. I like your “fish” hangup. I think you will like my “A Pregnant Guppy, Please” If you would like to try it, here is the link https://onetahayes.com/2019/04/09/a-pregnant-guppy-please/ I’m checking you follow if I can find it. I like active bloggers who like active bloggers. 😀

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Oneta. So cool you thought of following me–thank you! If you can’t find the follow button, and wouldn’t like to follow via email it will be easy to follow this blog via the sidebar.

      I do most of my follows via Feedly, as I find the feedreader much easier on my phone.

  • Linda says:

    For some reason, the site doesn’t register my “ like “ (?)

  • msw blog says:

    One of my elders once told me to dream about fish means someone close to you is either pregnant and/or become pregnant…

  • I found this fascinating. Dreams can be real and sometimes terrifying and it was interesting to see you got up to check up on your fish just in case there was something to the dream. No aquarium in this house. The last one we owned was in Singapore. I found watching them swim and eat after a stressful day at work was calming. We did own an outside fish pool when I first retired complete with all the bells and whistles to keep them alive and well, but for some reason they died or were attacked by birds so we eventually gave up on keeping them.

  • rocelle says:

    yah it is my teacher in TVE teach us about fishes….”mrs beatriz limbasan =)…..shes my favorite teacher…hahaha

  • rocelle says:

    dont u know that fish is a warm blooded aquatic vertibratewith gills for breathing fins for moving and scales for protection….

  • indigobunting says:

    Oh, what a wonderful post, all the way round, the writing, the imagery, the feeling…

    I love fish. I am glad they are happy with the changes.

    I’m a Pisces.

  • DarcKnyt says:

    Wow. Fish can have a great psychological impact, but I always thought it was calming, soothing. Your dreams indicate the opposite.

    On the other hand, you’ve got some great story material there, and you do seem to have the aquarium stabilized. 🙂

    • damyantig says:

      Well….I did write stuff revolving around aquariums. Won’t put it up on the blog tho, cos then it becomes “pre-published”. Thanks for dropping by as usual….

      What are you doing up so late/ early?

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