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Self-Portrait as a Jelly-Rat


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Shoot the jelly-fish beginnings into rat zygote.
12 of 25 survive. 3 of 12's bald tails

glow under phosphorescent light—radiant ocean
depths in rat. Jelly-fish surfacing—no longer rat—

rat + jelly-fish = jelly-rat. Oocytes.
Enzymes. Marinade. Protean.

Imminent fertilization.
9 don't shine—less obvious combination:

One's weary of the hard surface beneath him—makes
him sick with vertigo—anticipates floating; Two folds his middle over his meal,

curious why it doesn't quietly dissolve; Three thinks the rest
are odd sharks—avoids the chomp—searches for the Gulf Stream;

Four through Nine are one mind with six bodies—
it believes it's pellucid, unapparent

god above predators and that it's safe.


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