Ballad of the Trout
Lake trout for sale, frozen hard as a club
$5.50 a fish, just buy it, you'll love!
So the shopper she looked at that fish with a head
And a tail and a fin and some scales and real dead
And she said "I can do this, I'll clean the whole fish!
I'll bake it for supper! We'll try this new dish!
My husband will praise all my kitchenly skills
And I will have conquered the beast with the gills!"
So home came the fish, as long as her arm,
She defrosted it, laid it out, kept it from harm
She sawed off the head, (with a groan of disgust)
And snipped off the tail and the fins as one must.
She scaled that damn fish, right over the sink
But our hero, she wasn't prepared for the stink!
The house, the utensils, her hands smelled like trout
And trout is a smell that is hard to get out!
But battling on, she seasoned unhalted
Crushed lemon, tomatoes, black pepper and salted
She put it to bake, while the kids gave her hell
Saying "Mommy, please help us escape from that smell!"
And when it was done, it didn't look bad
Hubby ate it, and liked it, and then more he had
But when the chef sat down to sample her dish
She declared; "Ew! It tastes too much like fish."
So, now the house stinks, trout wafts in the air
The fish is long gone, but the smell is still there
$5.50 a fish, it seems such a waste
To slave for the trout and then not like the taste.
(Or the smell! *plugs nose*)