8x8, oil on panel, 1.5 in deep, gilded wood floater frame black

others pass tight-lipped with moustaches
trailing and long paunches, though
they are almost wafer-thin seen sideways,
or unseen except for whiskers.
Further down, timorous sea spiders slam
their doors, shy fish disappear

into their tenement of holes and eels
warn that they have serpent tails.
Deep is wild, with beasts one meets
usually in dreams. Here the giant octopus
drags in its arms. We meet it.

excerpt: Diver, Michael Schmidt

Dec 6 - Scuba

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