Humboldt Squid

Humboldt Squid
by Linda Neuer
Deep space is as far-

fetched as the ocean depths

where fantastic creatures exist.

Perfectly designed since the Jurassic

when they swam among undersea giants.
Still, they are–

silent jet-propelled hunters.

Bioluminescent torpedoes mesmerize

Pacific prey in shades of lure.

Their neon lights hide wire cutter beaks

and constricting, clawed arms.
In a year or two,

they die after mating or chasing

too close to shore after grunion.

Battered by surf, burned by sheet metal sand

their silver blue saucer eyes cloud. Aqua aliens

torn from their cold shadow realm.

Linda Neuer is from Miami, FL and has been published in various journals.

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