"Sonnet to the Giant Pacific Octopus, Eating a Crab"
by: Jamie McNeely
though a captive on display,
she stalks the Dungeness as skilled once-queen
of wild dominions, pouncing on her prey:
full ninety pounds of boneless fist pristine.
tongue, she drills into its shell;
The paying public
pushes, peers through glass,
At last, she
casts them midden, lays her eggs,
Copyright © 2001 by Jamie McNeely.