28 November 2010

SUNDAY POETRY: "THE LOBSTER"



THE LOBSTER
by Carl Rakosi

Eastern Sea, 100 fathoms,   
green sand, pebbles,   
broken shells.


Off Suno Saki, 60 fathoms,   
gray sand, pebbles,   
bubbles rising.


Plasma-bearer   
and slow-
motion benthos!


The fishery vessel Ion
drops anchor here
                           collecting   
plankton smears and fauna.


Plasma-bearer, visible
sea purge,
                sponge and kelpleaf.   
Halicystus the Sea Bottle


resembles emeralds   
and is the largest   
cell in the world.


Young sea horse   
Hippocampus twenty   
minutes old,


nobody has ever   
seen this marine   
freak blink.


It radiates on   
terminal vertebra   
a comb of twenty


upright spines   
and curls   
its rocky tail.


Saltflush lobster   
bull encrusted swims


backwards from the rock.
(Slipper Lobster larva. Photo by Peter Parks. From the Australian Museum.)
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