Tuesday, December 20, 2016

OTI:two poems and notes:12/20/16

Open To Interpretation


Why gamble?
If I lose
It's a lesson
I've paid for.


The Cephalopods
Shoaled around the
Giant Black Squid
Just Beyond
The Pillars of Hercules
And waited.
Noted and saluted
Was the passage of the keel
Of Ariadne's Black Ship.
Soon after arrived
The little Black Ship,
No longer than a forearm,
Submerged like all
Juvenile Black Ships
Before they take to
The ocean's surface and sail.
Squid like, octopus like,
It presented before
The Giant Black Squid
And the gathered Pods,
Its black skin
Black as the deepest depths,
Just where such skin
Feeds on detritus of the
Sea creatures of the sunlight.
The tips of its eight arms
Pearlesced, glowed,
Announced to the Giant Black Squid.
The Giant Black Squid
Listened as it were,
And was wary,
Even little Black Ships
Have lightning stings,
And Black Ships are temperamental.
The little Ship's great red eyes
Regarded the Giant Black Squid's
Response rippling 
Black Light colors
Over all its body:
Poseidon is to have his wish,
A Black Ship for Pasiphae
And King Minos.
Message delivered
Message received
The little messenger
Turned to return
Through the Pillars
To Poseidon's little sea.


Notes: reference: BDT poem The Cephalopods and...


The vampire squid can reach a maximum total length c. 30 cm (0.98 ft). Its 15-cm (6-in) gelatinous body varies in colour from velvety jet-black to pale reddish, depending on location and lighting conditions. A webbing of skin connects its eight arms, each lined with rows of fleshy spines or cirri; the inner side of this "cloak" is black. Only the distal half (farthest from the body) of the arms have suckers. Its limpid, globular eyes, which appear red or blue, depending on lighting, are proportionately the largest in the animal kingdom at 2.5 cm (0.98 in) in diameter.[1] The animal's dark colour, cloak-like webbing, and red eyes give the vampire squid its name — it does not feed on blood.[2]






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