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Self-Portrait in Ink

As the gone-



jet-blasts into evasion, vanishing

while its ink-sac spurts

a cloud of defensive

mucus & coagulant

azure-black pigment,


octopus imago in ink, so the shark

gnashes at that blobbed

sepia phantom,


that disperses into black

nebulae & shreds

with each shark-strike

& the escaped

octopus throbs

beyond, see-through

in the see-through water, untouched—:

so, go

little poem, little


& -print, mimicker

& camouflage,

self-getaway, cloud-

scribble, write

out my dissipating

name on the water,

emptied sac of self-illusive ink . . .

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Published in Bruce Beasley Poems

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