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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