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Chrysaora Quinquecirrha

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Chrysaora Quinquecirrha


Camouflaged and coruscating, 
skating in their see-through costumes, 
part of the ocean's bold militia, 
shuffling, you send them on their way.

Chrysaora Quinquecirrha, 
jellyfish abound and flounder 
'neath the surface smooth as glass, 
they pester and you're irritated,
epidermis penetrated,
howling, you hobble to the shore.

Deeper still the riptide churns, 
it's learned the tales of tragedy 
as you pursue the ocean blue 
with rubber rafts and play toys, 
do not cheat the warning buoy, 
listen for its tell-tale sounds, 
the bottom of the sea is out of bounds.


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  1. Date: 4/13/2013 12:36:00 PM
    One time I asked, what were jellyfish feelers called.. arms... or ???? Your poem is deep in imagery... i like the tell-tale sound... I'm all ears... Keith, I enjoyed stopping by to read your poem. Take care and have yourself a nice day. xox~LINDA

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 9:49:00 PM
    What a beauty...you have captured their essence...BG

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 5:28:00 AM
    brilliant, as i'd expect! i love your description of them "skating in their see-through costumes" - that's perfect! i spent much of my time at the monterey aquarium just enchanted by their beauty and strangeness. btw - thanks for the spelling catch. i wasn't at my usual computer, which would have alerted me to my mistake.

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:08:00 AM
    With such an imposing name like that, jelly-fish deserve to a grandiose poem written about them, and you have done them justice! Thanks for sharing, Keith.

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:05:00 AM
    Keith, loved this. Namaste Rick