Sea Anemone

 

All mouth and waving arms,
deadly venom hidden
in blowsy floral beauty.
 
Unable to move,
stuck to the same rock forever,
or stowed away on a crab,
protection in exchange
for scraps.
 
Another floats,
untethered.
 
Broken against the coral,
each piece grows into a new animal,
all mouth and waving arms.
 
You will think this is a metaphor.

 

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LouAnn Shepard Muhm

 

 

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