The Kraken
by Michael Shupp

Far, far beneath the thunderous deep
In the abysmal dark doth sleep
A nameless horror, to be true
Untainted, untouched beneath the blue
Its ancient form most hideous lies
Under rock, and sea and skies
Huge sponges of millennial height
Above it shield from fading light
In depths where never sun has shone,
It waits, unseen and all alone
And many, unknowing, journey past,
Unaware this day shall be their last
They blindly sail o'er quiet water
Heading into gruesome slaughter
Long tentacles grope and fast surround
The ships that suddenly are bound
And down, fast down through roiling waves
The victims pass to nameless graves
Never to reach the distant shore
They lie in darkness evermore

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Poem Copyright 2010 by Michael Shupp


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