A Fish with a Baseball in Its Mouth

Pictured above is a fish with a baseball in its mouth. Was it put there to silence his entreaties and complaints? Or is this how the fish catches the baseball?

Or was the ball placed in the fish’s mouth in order to provide a brief amusement — an amusement designed to make someone forget, for a fugitive moment, that he, like the fish, will one day die and that what lies beyond is as unknowable as it is unavoidable and that a nothingness that spans the black balance of forever might constitute … the best for which we can hope?

The fish with a baseball in its mouth is dead. And so we all shall be, probably sooner than we dare to contemplate. Is there meaning to be found in the inexorable misery that is as much a part of us as blood, bones, viscera, and dreams reduced to momentary consolations? It scarcely matters.

This has been your Daguerreotype of the Evening.

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  1. This is awesome. The tone of it is so close to one of the awesomest things ever that I wonder if it might not be influenced by it?

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  2. Yirmiyahu says:

    Dayn, you never fail to remind us of our impending death and the Meaninglessness of It All.

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  3. reillocity says:

    You had me until you went with “entreaties and complaints” over “carping”.

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  4. David says:

    Makes you wonder – people who drown, what do fish put in their mouths?

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  5. phoenix2042 says:

    um i have wondered this for a while and never asked: what is a daguerrotype? like the old photography thing? because that does not seem to apply…

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