Longlisted Poem 2015

Julian Orchard

Brockenhurst College, Hampshire

Cell Fish

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

Project Details

  • Date May 26, 2015
  • Tags 2015 Cells - Longlisted Poems