Octopus jamboree

octopus jamboree - enjambment poem - eight limbed pussy in limbo
dances at the shipwrecking seas
on-set of adventure by tiptoe
in the hold; to reccy the car
goings on of the lost
and foundering depart
meant for deliverance

Pearls for eyes* and tooth
some-rsaulting grin, a velvet prod
noses the in-betweens of star and port
beam of murky light; nemesis in braille for
pining the waste of want octopus counts
up its chainlink of token anchors
away in the straddled lair.

*nod to Arial as Shakespeare & Eliot

Venturing into enjambment @dversepoets whereby the end may-be the start of the next line or the word is hyphenated in-to two!

37 Comments on “Octopus jamboree

  1. OH! I LOVE what you did with: “some-rsaulting grin” and that “velvet prod” is so descriptive!

    And goodness, you had me at that title. 😉

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    • glad I did not read your remarkable enjambment til after the ‘octopus jamboree’ else I would still be straddling the first lines!

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    • By the way, my sweet 5-year-old nephew has a teddybear named Octopus Car-Car Stickers. 😉 This made me think of him.

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  2. This reads like a limbo dance ~ I specially like: some-rsaulting grin !!!

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    • thank you Grace – with all those limbs I’m guessing octopi somersault

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    • glad you asked – simply put the octopus reconnoitres wrecks – reaching through and under ships’ beams like a limbo dancer – a light-hearted play on words and using the slippage of words from one line to the next – e..g
      shipwrecking seas
      on
      -set of adventure

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    • I knew its rollover effect Tish without knowing the name (French for straddling) or the extremes of word splitting into words – as a writer you might be interested to read De Jackson’s explanation

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    • struggled to take form in this novel way so appreciate you words Sanaa

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  3. Really liked your word play…especially “some-rsaulting grin” too….but the whole thing was fun to read.

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    • this playing with words is such fun isn’t it Mary – the way the meanings suddenly switch or summer salt!

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    • am glad you heard some music Bjorn as I had not paid so much attention to this element but would need to with a limbo dance

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  4. I started smiling at the title and smiled right through to the end!

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    • so glad 🙂 the light-hearted approach worked me through this first challenge and s m i l i n g is something I do not do enough of with my versifiying

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  5. I like your playful title and the beginning lines described the octopus “tip-toe”ing and of course love the “some-rsaulting grin.”

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    • thank you Bodhirose (lovely avatar name) never realised octopodes had so much fun til I wrote this – though there is a shadowy side of shipwrecks :/

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      • Thank you, Laura…I like that name too. :~) I’ve seen some documentaries on octopi (is that correct?) and how intelligent they are, truly amazing. I would imagine that the shadowy side might be because of people who lay claim to the goods on those shipwrecks? I’m curious now…

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        • apparently octopuses or octopodes (Greek) but I too thought octopi like cacti with suckers for prickles!
          – and also laying claim to the wrecks – homes for fish shoals, hidey holes for predators and as for the drowned…
          “When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
          They shall have stars at elbow and foot; “

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    • a veri table an(im)al farm 🙂

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  6. Laura this was marvelous fun as I slipped and “slided” along through your words and lines like an octopus would in the murky waters and then counting the anchors of my conquests back to my lair….so very creative!

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    • slip-sliding describes enjambment to a tee – so the octopus turned out to be a good metaphor – thank you for your observations Donna

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