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[Poetry Friday] Richard Brautigan’s Tribute to Friendship in “Your Catfish Friend”

I'd love you and be your catfish friend...


Fats here.

Happy Friday (the 13th)!! One of my friends is celebrating her birthday today and another one is getting married! Hooray! My featured poem today is one written by Richard Brautigan, and appeared a few times when I was searching for poems about friendship. I discovered Brautigan’s poem via

Richard Brautigan poses with his typewriter. Image downloaded from the Internet.

It was said that “much of the information regarding Richard Brautigan’s life and death is uncertain.” In 1972, he became a recluse and declined interviews and invitations to lecture. I can see how Brautigan’s life is reflected in his poem, Your Catfish Friend, but I also want to view it in a more positive and lighter perspective.

Poetry Friday hosted by Slyvia at Poetry for Children!

“Jolly Catfish” painting by Jolly Art. Image downloaded from Saatchi Art.

Your Catfish Friend

If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
of my affection
and think, “It’s beautiful
here by this pond. I wish
somebody loved me,”
I’d love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
at peace,
and ask yourself, “I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them.”

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

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