Longlisted Poem 2015
Brockenhurst College, Hampshire
Swimming in a deep ocean hell
is the all too common Cell Fish,
a parasite, with flesh no thicker than a cell.
Weak and fragile
but impossible to vanquish.
A trifle to see through,
but to find it
is like shooting a rifle
to hit an elephant
stuck down a well.
Easy – but will not do.
They live as lone, transparent, planktonic,
vagrants. Snaking tramps of the sea.
They smile their false smiles in ironic
bliss – not understanding their symphony
of the iconic hiss is unheard in the abyss.
There is no truer falseness than this.
© Julian Orchard
- Date May 26, 2015
- Tags 2015 Cells - Longlisted Poems