When I think or hear or read
About sea creatures,
Like giant octopuses and squid,
Or Captain Ahab’s monster,
I don’t flinch much.
Because it is never the actual beast that terrifies me;
It’s always the water —
That choking deep wet dark
That steals your breath
And strangles the light from your eyes;
The beast is just a little extra bit of terror
To merely decorate your aqueous goodbye.
*** Current fixations: octopus…es… and drowning. ***