Sunday, March 25, 2007

Octopus vulgaris


I noticed a pair of octopi, roosting in the large oak behind our garden.
This maybe good news, last year we had a couple of squids, nesting in our hawthorn, but the magpies got their baby, so they didn't return this year.
I know the common octopus is nor usually found this far north in the spring and is usually seen in Kent only, but I guess that's global warming for you...
Anyway, I was so delighted, I wrote a poem about them...


Spaghetti:

A lovely pair of Octopi
were roosting in a tree
and it was not just any tree,
it was a tree near me.

Whenever they held tentacles
they seemed, at dusk at least,
to be one hexadecapus,
if there was such a beast.

When baby octopus was born
they did look to the eye
like one Duodecaquadropus
or two Dodecapi.

I'm not too good at math, you know
'cos this is what I see,
when I look at that mess up there:
Spaghetti in a tree.

33 Comments:

Blogger the doodlers said...

Oh my gawd I love this.

Do you realize that when one googles the word: 'Duodecaquadropus' the only entry on tyhe whole internet that comes up is for your blog??

Word verification is: 'spelt'

3:48 PM  
Blogger AnneMarie said...

heya Michael,
how are u ? I hope you're enjoying this time...love the poem - hexadecapus - heehee. I finally saw 'Brazil' last w/e and now know why you spoke so enthusiastically about it - sheer brilliance!

Looking fwd to more poetry and illustrations! AnneMarie

8:38 AM  
Blogger UM said...

You're eight times mad! Love ya.

ULI

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Q said...

once again you're the hit of the Arcadia office. What a delightful ppoem and picture. Thanks for cheering us all up.

10:51 AM  
Blogger LINDON said...

hahahaha

this stuff is nuts and the same time amazing

2:16 AM  
Blogger Boris Hiestand said...

charming!

Disney will steal it for their next 'Fantasia' installment.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Woooo ... love the design!!

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jason Kotey said...

I went to see your gallery over the weekend. Amazing work!
It was a pleasure to view, sir!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Niel Bushnell said...

I want to be able to buy a book of this stuff! Reminds me a bit of Mike Harding, but with a bit more Schling Goon zing!

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Blogger Polyminthe said...

hey micklee!
I post a comment, so you have my link. keep doing crazy things!
sylvain

3:14 PM  
Blogger Cécile said...

hi Micklee, I love this poem ! hexadecapus... fine said ! It seems you're as good writing poems as drawing crazy beasts.

Cecile

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Blogger E Hajibabaie said...

thankfol
















thankfol good
very very fanny
tank you

6:57 AM  
Blogger martin wittig said...

A W E S O M E!:)

8:57 AM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

Happy new year my friend!.
Let's see if this year you do a bit more posting!!!!!!!

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Blogger Matt J said...

http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/02/07/cool-stuff-lenticular-3d-star-wars-poster/

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Blogger Tobias Schwarz said...

I think they were escaping from Korea!

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Anonymous naturline said...

I agree! Great concept on this one.
tank you

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Blogger notgoliath said...

Hi, could you please get in touch with me? I'm at notgoliath@gmail.com and I work at Disney. All will be explained later. Mysteriously, but seriously yours, D

10:35 AM  
Blogger notgoliath said...

Michael, could you get in touch please at notgoliath@gmail.com It's about work. thanks df. The only other way to get in touch is through Katharine.

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Blogger Hanie said...

You are an amazing artist and an amusing poet :) Your work are such an inspiration!

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