The Wondrous Wonderpus
by Catherine Flynn
elusive and shy,
Lurks in the half-light at day’s edge.
Arrayed with cinnamon and white stripes,
she is a ripple of color
hiding in ripples of sand.
One minute her boneless arms
are sleek and serpentine as she races
along the sea bed, searching
for a meal of shrimp or crab.
Then she slows with a swish and a swirl,
tentacles fluttering like ribbons
in a tropical breeze and
transforms into a sea star.
Protected by her supple
body, she disappears
arm by pliant arm, into
her sandy burrow to sleep.
elusive and shy.
A wondrous poem, isn't it? I love ripple and ripples, swish and swirl, those ribbons... this poem would turn anyone into an octopus-lover! Thank you, Catherine. xo
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