A Truly Jumbo Shrimp
It’s said a jumbo shrimp’s an oxymoron.
A shrimp’s a little thing you put red sauce on
And gobble by the dozen boiled or fried.
Some of us could eat more if we tried.
Enter the tiger prawn, a new crustacean
Not native to these parts. They say it’s Asian.
The prawn has a voracious appetite
And is inclined to get into a fight
For food with native breeds, the white and brown.
This fact is causing fishermen to frown.
The foot-long Asian packs plenty of muscle.
He’d be the winner in a shrimp-league tussle.
The tiger loves what French calls “fruits de mer.”
We’d say a “seafood platter” over here:
Oysters, crabs, and shrimp. It makes you shudder.
The tiger eats his cousins for his dinner!
From any angle, that sticks in my craw.
For cannibals there ought to be a law.
The tiger’s tasty, though, and a sweet deal
If you consider that one is a meal.
If tiger drives the natives out of town,
He may acquire a dubious renown.
Wouldn’t it be wry, a real reversal,
If we called people shrimps who were colossal?
(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)