Written to submit to a Twitter challenge to write about sea monsters. Became a bit metaphorical.
Sometimes we look for monsters
in the wrong places or
perhaps the problem is
that we are searching for them at all;
earth rent, we want to peer into scars,
we wonder what new abyss to descend,
and here are ghosts and fangs enough,
so many vents of fury
sulphuring the blackness.
Yet we journey on by fathoms,
compressed, water weighted -
we see dark stars, but what if
we find that there are no real demons
lurking at these depths after all,
no stinging trail of malignancy?
Then we might uncover the brightness
of ourselves and discover
the expanse of other creatures
who light up this permanence of night
with their strange beauty.
Image from wikimedia commons: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Colossal_octopus_by_Pierre_Denys_de_Montfort.jpg