Jellyfish – As close as I’ve gotten to a photo of something like an octopus!

I continue to work my way through my new poetry workbook/journal, How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination. Chapter 3 included a prompt to write about the similarities between humans and octopus with their 8 arms, 3 hearts and 0 bones. Below is the resulting piece that came to me one morning this week.


Oh, my friend, that I could have been born with
eight arms to move through the world. I would reach
even more with my helping hands spread
in so many directions.

And, not one, but three hearts! The life energy
that must move through you! I think of the love
I could express with a triad of pulsing organs
centering my body in fluid space.

You have no bones? No hard calcifications
inside of you to render you firm? You make me dream
of moving the soft tissue of my being
with a flowing grace, elegant and spectacular.

This poem is part of an online collection I call Little Morsels of Delight.

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