Sue Leigh Poetry

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Jellyfish

 

I kneel

at the sea’s edge

 

a lens, milky opal,

its sex a mauve flower

 

its short tentacles

might be buds, leaves –

stranded, out of its element

it has lost its lightness,

like the mermaid’s purse

I carry home,

 

its patent leather

already dulling,

the dry chink

of shells in my pocket

From Her Orchards, 2021