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The Picnic by the Ocean

The Octopus offers me one of his three hearts,

briar and holly for friendship the second and third

saved for times of longing, times of loss.

A strange romance, I admit—

Friends would never approve or believe,

yet he was untouched by human hands.

How can we say this is not a source of wonder—

“Who will sing my song, if not you?”  he asked.

“Who will dream of me, as I lay under the stillness of water?”

Even an Octopus can be eloquent, and then again,

as we know, enormous need can become power.

What am I supposed to do now?

I stand by the water,

my woolen dress unraveling in the waves.

Credit


From What the Psychic Said by Grace Cavalieri, published by Goss183. Copyright © 2020 by Grace Cavalieri.

Author


Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri is the author of numerous books, including the poetry collection What The Psychic Said (Goss publications, 2020) . A Poets Laureate Fellow, currently serves as the tenth poet laureate of Maryland.

Date Published: 2020-02-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/picnic-ocean