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It seems a legitimate question—
when one considers 
the Turritopsis dohrnii,
the miracle jellyfish
of immortal flesh
able to age into aquatic retirement
then return as the slim shred of youth.

So what is a day in the life
of this humble hydrozoan
who boasts much lesser names of
jellyfish, sea jelly,
or simply:

Not even a fish,
you are Cnidaria,
which sounds as much
marine wildlife
as nasal decongestant.

In the wind of water
you dance a solo waltz
fluttering in silk day by day
to pass from child to adult
and back again, and no one
can blame you.

This poem was originally published in Front Range Review (Spring, 2012).