So, funny story. The prompt was to write a poem about a subject or theme, but the poem is supposed to avoid anything that has a relation to that subject ... makes sense, right?

All are Fish

The land crawls with creatures—

Snakes wiggle on their bellies on the sand,

Lapping up the dust of their curse.

Elephants lumber heavy across the face of the earth;

Tigers prowl and bare their fangs.

Caterpillars inch across green bendy branches;

Butterflies flutter indolently

As if the world is theirs for as long as they wish …

All are fish.