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You have been swimming

in the pond,


with real monsters

the whole time.


There is hard evidence

now the demons

exist. Photographic


documentation and the fossilized

remains were never

trusted. But a dead

body always holds up


in court. His blue

fins swam under

his better known (and


believed in) ancestors –


Always the ghost in

the machine. He

grazed your legs

in the depths and you

cried because you had

neglected to shave.


Never go in the water

when you are bleeding,

he warned. My teeth

are sharp. And after

years of obfuscation


I will jump out

of the ocean

for a snapshot.


This is Poem #39 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

This particular poem is part of a series inspired by my visit to The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Some days I’d just point to a location on the museum map above, and write from there.

Here’s a little more insight into the mystery of the Coelacanth.

What happens when you learn a demon is real? All the years of falsified evidence – never a necessity and you’ve been swimming in the pond with monsters the whole time?


Lady Diction’s Calendar

April 2020