The Octopus and The Eel – Free Verse – October 27, 2014

Under the choppy sea
Among the rocky shoals
Not far from sunny Ischia
In the Golf of Naples
Lays in wait an octopus …

Among the algae he stays
Oozing his ailing slime
His tentacle moves slowly
To catch a briny fish …

The fishermen tell a story
The travelers listen in awe
Of the near ubiquitous creatures
Which lived under the sea nearby …

The octopus has a rival,
An ancient moray eel
They live in neighboring rocks
And though intangible to men,
A battle is daily fought …

Lean and long with dangerous teeth
More rapid than an arrow
The eel can bridge a gap in seconds
Snapping up a wayward fish
Right out of the mollusc‘s grip …

With an expulsion of black ink
The octopus protests …
But the eel’s only reply is
A haunty coruscation
In the pitch black murky gloom.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

The moray eel and the octopus are not in fact rivals at all … this is just a bit of fancy.



Linked to Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie Wordle:

1. Coruscation (a sudden gleam or flash of light) 2. Bridge 3. Expulsion 4. Algae 5. Traveler 6. Ooze 7. Ailing 8. Lean 9. Briny 10. Ubiquitous (omnipresent) 11. Pitch 12. Intangible


17 thoughts on “The Octopus and The Eel – Free Verse – October 27, 2014

    • I started the poem and didn’t know where I was going to take it … I’d thought about the Moray eel before the octopus, but for some reason I was abandoning the idea … then there it was .. in the rocks again. The video was a pure chance find too.


  1. And both deadly in different ways. In the Indian Ocean, young boys would stand waist deep in the sea and poke a pointed stick at a heap of sand and debris where lurked the prized octopus. Too often, the octopus would grab the stick and pull the boy under to drown. The Moray eel has been known to strip the flesh from the hand of an incautious and curious diver. Two creatures I learned to give a wide berth to when snorkling or diving. Octopus stew is very tasty, though!


    • Yes they can be very dangerous … and i wouldn’t go poking around where they’re hiding .. but octopus and squid are yummy – I’m not fond of the idea of eating eel though.


    • Well … the little ones probably aren’t but those suckers on their tentacles can be painful. Moray eels are dangerous … they’ve got big teeth … they’re also call electric eels I believe. And i don’t know how I do it .. it just happens, though I do go back to edit after jotting the whole thing down straight off.


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