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Aquatic Nocturne

deep in liquid
turquoise slivers
of dilute light
 
quiver in thin streaks
of bright tinfoil
on mobile jet:
 
pale flounder
waver by
tilting silver:
 
in the shallows
agile minnows
flicker gilt:
 
grapeblue mussels
dilate lithe and
pliant valves:
 
dull lunar globes
of blubous jellyfish
glow milkgreen:
 
eels twirl
in wily spirals
on elusive tails:
 
adroir lobsters
amble darkly olive
on shrewd claws:
 
down where sound
comes blunt and wan
like the bronze tone
of a sunken gong.
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