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cuttlefish
hank

plenty in our clear bucket
 1
from bottom up sand, fleas
 2
eels, hermit and peeler crabs
 3
glass shrimps of many sizes
 4
and the tiny fish they fed upon
 5
 
 
into this we tossed the cuttlefish
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which became obviously unhappy
 7
so we all agreed 'release the special one'
 8
and gently placed it at our feet
 9
into clear calm seawater ankle deep
 10
 
 
swim off no! immediate to bury!
 11
 
 
topmost arms sweep granules around eyes
 12
you both exclaim 'it's waving goodbye!'
 13
nudged out of sand its second defense
 14
wrinkled rippled tentacles and colors flash
 15
then darted off, for we steadfast
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huddled abut, all equal three; 8, 10 and 45
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mesmerized, transfixed, astounded, amazed
 18
by a thumb sized bolt of lightning
 19

a story for roc and arlet on their visit rather than a photograph.

6 Aug 13


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