Clear Plastic

He put his cricket in a cage,

to protect him from the predator.

.

He put his cricket in a cage,

to make sure he could

always see and find him.

.

~

.

When asked today

how I would trap

the fake octopus

I- who knows nothing

suggests a clear plastic box

under a mirrored boat

with a sea slug inside.

But who knows

if this would work

as I know

nothing of octopuses

and even less

of crickets.

.

The kid’s cricket

was a solar powered

electro-cricket.

The predator

was a battery powered thing

will styrofoam

and tiny legs.

While all 

the other children

made armor,

he made

a cage.

.

The other crickets

moved under the sun.

His cricket

buzzed in the plastic

salsa container.

It was contained.

.

~

.

What does the octopus see

with its large eyes?

Would it see

a reflection in the plastic?

It would probably

think it odd

that a sea slug

would be floating.

Do they even eat sea slugs?

.

The kid fed his cricket

paper and plastic

and worried about

why none of it disappeared.

Was it

happy

in its box,

in its cage?

.

~

.

Octopuses

are very smart

and I know nothing

on how they actually think.

.

The kid

wanted to keep his cricket

safe in a plastic-clear box

I wanted to trap

the octopus in clear plastic.

Would the Octopus notice the trap?

Do solar powered crickets

dream of paper cut-out worms?

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