Once caught, hook in lip,

I want to ask them

if they would say a few words

about life under water


It seems their mouths will only

open and close with “Why? Why?”

I have no answer for them

nor do they ask questions of me


After I throw them back

with an attempt at apology,

they leave a smelly “no thanks”

all over my hands


At the least they might

break the surface

in apology for slime

and life above water


None yet has been forthcoming