The Octopus

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

I dived deep into the depth
To the surface noise becoming deaf
And made my way to ocean floor
in search of a creature to explore
And  there amidst the kelp and sand
I met an alien not found on land
It was there with its giant eye
Coiled under rock all coy and shy
It reached out a limb, then two and three
I felt surprised it was so trusting of me
Soon it grasped me with all eight of its arms
When it realized I meant no harm
And like two loners exchanging a glance
that only bind through circumstance
We connected down there below
not with words but soul to soul
Then just like that it darted away
Back to the world of predator and prey

Submitted: February 13, 2021

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Keke Serene

Aae, I love octopus

Sat, February 13th, 2021 9:24pm


This poem describes a precious encounter between two species so different that science fiction often bases the alien form on an octopus! And yet the encounter is so gentle and respectful it's hard to think we are so dissimilar.
I came back to this poem for a second look as it prompted me to remember swimming under the waves to see the octopus my son had spotted. That was a very special day for me also.

Wed, February 17th, 2021 8:31pm

Lake Rivers

I was inspired after watching My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. It's truly an amazing animal.

Thu, February 18th, 2021 12:54am

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