I found that writing an octopus poem was fun, so I wrote two more!
Last Friday, Margaret at Reflections on the Teche celebrated the publication of Irene's new book by having her students write octopus poems. One student, Madison, even created a new form, the Octaiku. Madison explains:
"An Octopus form, or, as I like to call it, a Octaiku (A combination of Octopus and Haiku.) The form is 2, 4, 8, 2, 4 because 2 and 4 can go evenly into 8."I tried my hand at an Octaiku and here is the result:
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Original image from The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture (1917).
in the deep this
creature of agility and
I took the liberty of disguising my octopus in rather funky camouflage!
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Original image from "Guide leaflet" (1901) of the American Museum of Natural History (1917).
Deep Sea Plural
Our language is a puzzle,
this I can't deny.
Is more than one cephalopod
octopuses or octopi?
I'm a big fan of a book by Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. In it, she tells us the plural of octopus is octopuses, and that's good enough for me. My online Merriam-Webster, though, lists octopuses as well as octopi AND octopodes.
Head over to The Opposite of Indifference where Tabatha is holding the Round-Up today.