Painting and Poem by Dr Abe V Rotor
Half animal, half plant - through eons of time
You have become – could it be curse or gift?
Embroidered all and swaying like chime,
Silent and unknown in some coral reef.
A unique way indeed to be known yet unknown
To your enemies lurking, even your kin;
Your leaves and stems are like seaweed sown,
Stars and moon mimicked on your skin.
Away you hide from the giants of the sea;
And decoy the hapless to cross your way,
And in one gulp you bestow no mercy;
Retreating, you wait for another prey.
Oh, creature of far, far Sargasso Sea -
Is curse in look a gift for survival?
Mute you live in peace and harmony,
With your own kind and rival.
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