Poets speaking up to Adani – Jennifer Compton

 

Octopus Speaking

 

 

In the underwater tunnel of the civic aquarium

the octopus leaned his wretched head

 

against the glass of his turbid pool

sucking on his breathing tube, like

 

a severed vein

so he could live.

 

He asked for his ocean. He asked me,

the daughter of the powerful race.

 

I was standing alone like a child stands

with her entry ticket in her hand.

 

 

Jennifer Compton

 

‘Octopus Speaking’ was previously published in Parker & Quink (Charnwood, ACT: Ginninderra Press, 2004)

 

 

Photos in collage from: CSIRO CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

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