The Octopus Gods

Image: Michael McRae

Oh, the cephalopods have their Octopus Gods,
With tentacles stronger than steel,
Who have taken down ships with their powerful grips
And made many a sailor a meal.

They win wrestling matches with submarine hatches
Like popping a tin of sardines
Then it’s horrible cries, and tears in the eyes
Of the witnessing Merchant Marines.

Survivers are few, but they swear it is true—
“The monster, it started to throttle us!”
You can vividly note, from the scar on his throat
He survived the attack on the Nautilus.

These powerful deities loves spontaneity,
Thus, are well-loved by their followers
Who all serve as one, having octopus fun
Whether tiny, or submarine-swallowers

When I tell you (no lie) that the octopus eye
Is superior even to Man’s
It’s clear that this creature’s the centerpiece feature
In a sinister deity’s plans

They’ll take down a shark, like a walk in the park—
You’ve seen it on YouTube, I know
And to get to their goal they can squeeze through a hole,
Up the drain, in your tub, to your toe!

So guzzle your Folger’s—these octopus soldiers
Are coming for you while you sleep!
These eight-legged beauties will all do their duties;
Invisible devils, they creep.

So the next time you think, “could one hide in my sink?
Or my bathtub, or even my toilet?”
As a Cuttlefish, I would be seen as a spy
If I told you (besides, that would spoil it).

If you find an appeal in an octopus meal—
Say, for sushi you’ve got a real itch—
The cephalopods have their Octopus Gods
And I’m telling you, payback’s a bitch.

With a name like Cuttlefish (metaphor or not), there comes a bit of cephalopod oblige, an obligation to post about the coolest animals in the universe.  Another from the old blog, for my new readers and old, but mostly one that gives me a chance to show off some more of Mike McRae’s artwork.


  1. becominginvisible says

    (WhooHoo! finally got wordpress to let me log in)

    So, does this mean I’m in big trouble for using Whaleman’s Sepia ink?

  2. Sarcen says

    Strange, I thought the “octopus god” was Great Cthulhu who waits, dead but dreaming in the sunken city of R’lyeth to rise again and enslave humanity…

  3. Die Anyway says

    > If you find an appeal in an octopus meal—

    Uh oh. Had octopus AND squid at a Greek restaurant by the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs just a few nights ago. I’m in BIG trouble.

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