I MET AN OCTOPUS THE OTHER DAY
**The Marine Biologist’s Day on the Beach**
Copyright 2012 Gordon Kuhn
Poet in the Rain Productions
May. 7, 2012
I met an octopus the other day,
An upside-down solitary cephalopod,
One who’d gone astray in a peculiar sort of way,
From those who, one might say, were his family.
At least … mostly they appeared to be
Floating there quite peacefully
Out on the close horizon of the sea
A genuine part of his genetic tree
For which he yearned to be set free.
I found him on the rocky beach less trod
By those whose feet were used to being on the sod.
I found him there standing on his head,
And sure I thought the critter was quite dead.
Yet when I poked him with a stick
He shouted, “Ouch, my skin is not so thick
For you to be poking me with your sharpened stick.
I’ve done you no harm this day
Why should you treat me this way?”
“Sorry,” I said, “I could not tell as your legs are up in the air.”
“And that gives you the right to stand and stare?”
“Oh no,” said I, “but you are upside down I hope you know.”
“T’was my choice, now please won’t you up and go?
As for my legs, I simply wish from six of them to be set free
For, like you, two is all that I surely have any needs be.
The other four simply get in the way
And I wish for them to leave instead of stay
But cannot seem to get them to understand
They are worthless for me upon the land
Too much for me to try to command
The front will want to walk one way
And the back will wish to not go but stay
The side will simply choose to stand and sway
And so I spend the whole damn day
Stuck in one spot and unable to go and play
Among the grasses not far from where I upside down now lay
“But what if they all up and think you are dead
And separate themselves all at once from your head
To leave you lying here upon the beach
That should definitely be enough for you to teach
That this plan of yours will go amiss
And so you cannot just up and dismiss
The importance of the problem in your life
For are they really causing so much strife?”
“Oh damn, a philosopher thee are I see
One far wiser I think than me.
But excuse me now for I must go and pee.”
And with that he up and slithered back into the sea
Where, in truth, he really deserved to be.
May 7, 2012