“Octopus” by Suzanne Richardson Harvey


She shall be a daughter forever
Entombed in the belly of the devilfish
He shall feed on her flesh
In the ink of night
His tentacles shall suck blood
From the chambers of her soul

Through caverns of coral
In incestuous seas
He shall pursue her
No flicker of love shall live
In his shadow
He shall possess her
Till her bones are bare
Her heart a hollow skull.