Friday, August 7, 2009

Jellyfish City

This image (my 100th uploaded on flickr) was another captured at the Vancouver Aquarium in April 2009 with my Panasonic Lumix TZ5. My camera did most of the work on this one, these little things move pretty fast so some of the picture was blurred, which I actually wanted. I apparently have been missing from aquariums in recent years because I did not realize there were jellyfish like this. Enjoy!

Water of Jellyfish

by Coral Bracho

Water of jellyfish,
milky, snaking water
of ever-changing shapes; glossy water-flesh; melting
into its lovely surroundings. Water - sumptuous waters
receding, languid
and layered into calm. Water,
water silken, dusky, dense as lead - mercurial;
floating free, idling. The seaweedin there, sparkling, in pleasure's very breast. Theseaweed, crests a-bubbling;
- above the over-arching silence, above the long spits
of basalt rock; the water-weed, its familiar caresses,
its gentle flux. Water of light, of fish; the breeze, the
agatespilling its light. The shy elk flicker like flame -
through the cotton-silk trees, through the shoals
of little fisha flame is pulsing,
water slinking, lynx-like; water of bream (jasper's
sudden reds and browns).Such glory here,
among the jellyfish medusas.
- Parted lips of coastline, the breeze's gentle
movements,lulling softly, settling into crystals, amphibious,
lubricious - water, silken and
magnetic; poised. Water, coasting - lascivious radiance
wading, oily,
over crumbling basalt. Light crawls, opal,
through its own inner flames. - Water
of jellyfish.
Sweet fresh-water shine;
water leaving no traces; dense,
white as steel, parting round the granite stacks,its flashes of minnows; secretive, smooth. - Water alive,
and rolling; a bronze sun vaulting in close;
- liquid minerals, spurting. Water of jellyfish, a water to
feeldissolving into itself
into a slick of indigo, quivering honeycombs. Long
strands of water, sea-lettuce,the catfish nibbling
in its rich, streaming bed, whose light nectars
form a golden pond, liminal. Weightless water,
air inside amber,
- a chrism of light, full of grace; the high tide a tiger,
below a wash of shadow. Water at the edge, water-eel,
swallowing itself,
its great journey by night -
along these matrices of silk, through the
sea-sage. - Water
rich with cod. Heavy water (that calm pleasure,
warm; the way it shimmers) -
Water's edge -
its smooth changes, its delight in itself,
its own seductive rise and fall. Water,
silken, receding, layered
into languid calm. Water, water; its gentle stroke
- water of the otter, the fish. Water
of jellyfish,
milky, snaking; water,

"Ποταμοῖς τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἐμβαίνομέν τε καὶ οὐκ ἐμβαίνομεν, εἶμέν τε καὶ οὐκ εἶμεν."

"We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not."
Heraclitus the Riddler

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