Almanac Poetry: Sea Horse

 

A seahorse in the ocean [Source: Author]

 

 

Sea Horse

 

Phosphorescent,
membranous,
delicate as an embryo,
the sea horse we netted from the pier
when we were ten-year-old boys.
We took it to an aquarium.
A man there gladly received this glittery
resident of the bay
and placed it in salt water,
temperature-controlled.
We watched for a while through glass.
But soon, moonstone-eerie,
all lights going out,
it sunk to the bottom,
too precious to live.

 

 

(Acknowledgement: previously appeared in my latest poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, Ginninderra Press, 2020.)

 

 

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About

Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.

Comments

  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Terrific poem KD, especially loved the ending – ‘… it sunk to the bottom, too precious to live’.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Col!

    This poem is based upon a specific childhood event. You may know that around fifty years ago there was an aquarium very close to Cunningham Pier in Geelong – that’s the aquarium I had in mind when writing the piece.

  3. Terrific Kevin. Obviously sad and a sense of bitterness? And profound loss.

    Some years back people were asked to write a whole story in three sentences. This was the winner:

    For sale
    Baby shoes
    Never used.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dips.

    Yes, sadness, bitterness, loss … and I’d also throw in the sense of inevitability I had at the time … even as a kid, I felt that the sea horse’s death in the foreign environment of an aquarium tank was inevitable, though I didn’t feel this way until it hit the water there and immediately responded very poorly.

    And also – I’ve read the three-line story … words can be powerful things, can’t they?

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