To End in Tragedy

To End in Tragedy
by Holly Day

the octopi approach one another with resignation
knowing their coupling is doomed
that there is no happy end to this story.
Their limbs float around them as they hesitantly
embrace, as if not sure when or whose caresses
will turn violent, as if hoping that, if they just take it slow,
they can enjoy this moment
for more than a short, stolen moment of happiness.

1 thought on “To End in Tragedy

  1. How brief is life on land or in an aquatic crustacean that Holly Day singularly in reality captures a momentary passing of an unknown origin creature that bubbles into tragedy.

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