I find jellyfish to be delicate, tranquil and mesmerizing marine creatures. They are unique and invoke a childlike curiosity in all of us. Although there are about 200 known species of these alien looking aquatic animals, they are considered to be one of the oldest surviving species among marine creatures. Their quiet beauty amazes me so.
Dance of a Jellyfish
Oh the placid dance of a jellyfish
resembling a maritime ballerina in transparent costumes
trailing tentacles like floating tissue paper
its pulsating bell festive as a Mardi Gras parasol
though gelatinous and fluid, it is not a fish
but a luminous, artistic invertebrate
be cautious of its venomous and painful sting
the fluorescent defense of this nautical swimmer.
© Kym Gordon Moore