Friday Fish Fry

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #151

platter, trip, leaves, jelly, row, catch,
celebrate, cotton, paradise, bake, miss

Mandala Fishing at Sunrise -SF-a

Friday Fish Fry

Friday night paradise: platter of freshly
caught perch coated in beer batter
then fried to golden crispness. Served
with a side of thick fries and warm slices
of newly baked rye bread. Any sort
of celebration makes it worth the trip,
to sit down with motley mixture
of family and friends.

There are some who wouldn’t dream
of missing out, being left behind,
would dine all week on peanut butter
and jelly in order to afford attendance
on this Friday night ritual at the
Cotton Row Supperclub.

Elizabeth Crawford  3/9/14

Notes: I’ll blame it on the words, they didn’t want to go anywhere else. I live in Wisconsin and the Friday Fish Fry is definitely a ritual throughout the state. And I do know people who will save all week long in order to attend such a gathering and feast. I did use all of the words, altering the tense of two of them. The name of the dining establishment is fictitious to accommodate the word list. The image is a Mandala I colored years ago and immediately came to mind when the writing was finished. It is from the book Coloring Mandalas created by Susanne E. Fincher.


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21 Responses to Friday Fish Fry

  1. Elizabeth you have summed up perfectly the pleasure we Brits take in our national dish, Fish and Chips” (English chips being French Frites and American fries). The platter is lovely, too.


  2. Irene says:

    Enjoyed this, Elizabeth.


  3. claudia says:

    oh my – you made my mouth watery – if i would live anywhere close you could count me in…hmmmm…love me some fried fish…


  4. Jae Rose says:

    It looks like the perfect plate to serve up a fishie..i love the comfort in these and chip friday is good..especially good when with friends..yum


  5. drpkp says:

    Elizabeth – hard not to use adjectives like – white and tender and crisp and delightfully flaked as the words march across the page and the hit each sense viscerally – A wonderful poem 🙂


  6. Brian Miller says:

    nice…i love a good fish fry…sounds like fun times….good friends/good food…how could you go wrong?


  7. kaykuala says:

    That’s wonderful, Elizabeth! The words just flow freely and smoothly. Nice to know about facilities you have over there. That’ll be fun!



  8. b_young says:

    Yum. The few remaining home-style restaurants in our part of the country (middle Tennessee) always do Friday fish specials. Catfish down here. With hush puppies and slaw. You’ve got me wanting some, and I haven’t even had breakfast.

    Love the fishy mandella. Fred needs one with bicycles.


  9. Sumana Roy says:

    a delicious poem…love those moments of joy…


  10. humbird says:

    Bono appétit ! Love the joy of celebration here!


  11. Perch with beer batter! You opened up a whole world of hunger. Lake Erie perch with beer batter & enough beer left to serve on the side! Your words just flowed along!


  12. Truedessa says:

    This made me want a fish fry they are big around here during lent..everyone offering their own specialty on Friday’s.


  13. Perch in batter. I could live on it alone! well, maybe with a generous side of veggies. Loved this, Elizabeth and it sounds like a wonderful tradition. Maybe tonight I will thaw out my frozen fish cakes and pretend it’s a fish fry! With a glass of wine it is just about possible..


  14. whimsygizmo says:

    Mmmmmm. Count me in. 😉


  15. Mary says:

    Ha, Elizabeth, as you would guess, this poem resonates with me. Hey, I remember when I was a kid we could go out for a perch fish fry for less than a dollar and have several perch, french fries, and rye bread to boot. My parents and I went for a fish fry because it was cheap meal out. Gone are THOSE days! We used to go either to a local tavern or to the VFW (which only served a fish fry each week). Here in MKE I periodically do a fish fry, but now they are definitely not a cheap meal out, and perch are hard to come by. Sigh. You have me craving that old fashioned (and cheap) fish fry of my childhood.


  16. oldegg says:

    One of the best ways to eat fish and chips in the UK was coming home from the movies calling in at the fish shop and eating them on the way home. Glorious memories!


  17. We do fish fries here too, but ours usually consist of haddock or some other ocean fish. This made me HUNGRY!


  18. oo yum! I love fish and chips


  19. marit says:

    this is great! now I need to try The Sunday Whirl for myself! thanks for sharing!


  20. Pamela says:

    A truly enjoyable and fun read, Elizabeth. Sounds delicious. Happy Thursday to you!

    p.s. just now making the rounds starting with you this morning. ox


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