5. Fish Bowl Joni

Joni Mitchell wrote the following poem on Fame called the Fishbowl at 16 years old in 1959

The Fish Bowl

The fish bowl is a world diverse

where fishermen with hooks that dangle     www.counsellingme.co.uk

from the bottom reel up their catch

on gilded bait without a fight.

Pike, pickerel, bass, the common fish

ogle through distorting glass

see only glitter, glamour, gaiety

and weep for fortune lost.

Envy the goldfish? Why?

His bubbles are breaking ’round the rim

while silly fishes faint for him.

Joni Mitchell

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The Fish Bowl

The fish bowl is a world diverse

where fishermen with hooks that dangle

from the bottom reel up their catch

on gilded bait without a fight.

Pike, pickerel, bass, the common fish

ogle through distorting glass

see only glitter, glamour, gaiety

and weep for fortune lost.

Envy the goldfish? Why?

His bubbles are breaking ’round the rim

while silly fishes faint for him.”

Joni Mitchell

The Fish Bowl

The fish bowl is a world diverse

where fishermen with hooks that dangle

from the bottom reel up their catch

on gilded bait without a fight.

Pike, pickerel, bass, the common fish

ogle through distorting glass

see only glitter, glamour, gaiety

and weep for fortune lost.

Envy the goldfish? Why?

His bubbles are breaking ’round the rim

while silly fishes faint for him.”

Joni Mitchell



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