Completely camouflaged among coral & reef
this aqua monster waits
with thirteen spines each chunk a precise needle
nestled between sacks of lethal venom
all it takes is a little pressure for the poison to release
Nay, an ambush predator born to protect its gnarly self
What is the lesson here?
Tread lightly in shallow waters of the Red Sea?
Too much pressure on a things causes venomous release?
Self protection is a death trap?
Yesterday I was camouflaged as a mother
my spine rigid with worry
slick with self-protection
my stonefish tendencies bloated in the afternoon heat
luckily there was no pressure but my own
to return to my true self: writer
A murderer? Perhaps
A sadist? Potentially
When the page pushes down
I am water
I am coral
I am stonefish
Thank you Montgomery, for bringing the stonefish to my attention!
NEXT WEEK’S EVENT!
Reading & Discussion with Vanessa Shields and Editor/Poet Abigail Roelens about the writer/editor relationship and all its joys! *INCLUDES GIVEAWAYS & Q&A!
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Thimbles: the Joy of Editing
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORzI_8mcTxyeaWHISQhbjA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for a grant for this event!