The Sea Star’s Lament

Oh! To be a jellyfish within the deep blue sea.
To dance upon loose currents in that wet viscosity,
Where the great swell pulls around you
breathing out to sea and in
Fluidity without and liquidity within.

Oh! To be a jellyfish down in the ocean deep
To glide in inky blackness and the currents hurried sweep
Where you dance upon the motion
gently flexing tight then loose
attachment to the planet surrounding and diffuse.

Oh! To be a jellyfish and float on endless wave
The dream of open water that I cannot seem to brave
And though I lift my many toes
to feel it rush between
They cling to stone in spite of me and leave it all unseen.

But, oh!, to be a jellyfish!

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