Day twelve – assonance and alliteration

Keeping this one short and sweet, as I’m on a roll.

These fascinating and unusual-looking fish used to come in with the mackerel. They look far too exotic to be caught around the British coast but were quite common when I was young, Any unfortunate enough to get caught were often cut up to use as bait.

Although I gather they are edible, their emerald-coloured bones put people off! As a long-standing veggie, I’m pleased to say I have never been tempted.
Gar

Slim-beaked,
this sleek,
shallow schooler
is a sprat-stalking –
Pike-like,
prehistoric predator.
Wave-walking,
fork-tailed,
it’s brilliant bones
gleam with
emerald green.

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