Octopus Damsel, a poem by Milagros Vilaplana at Spillwords.com
Isabel Galvez

Octopus Damsel

Octopus Damsel

written by: Milagros Vilaplana

 

Clad in shells between bubbles
in the copper kelp ocean
— shark debris floating around
the diver’s glass, she decides on
this one for the midnight
ball, an encrusted couture
— in a swish she shakes the garment
off and astonishes him, naked with
a wink of an eye her bulby bulging
bald head ready for fun–
swirls her tentacles around
hands and arms of this man-
squid, her undulating sponge
limbs simulate sheets of
waves, slithery caresses
he’s never felt — at sea like this
ah! friend: human: octopus

Milagros Vilaplana

Milagros Vilaplana

Milagros is an international "border person": straddling between cities of Tijuana & San Diego all her life. Culturally Mexican with strong Spanish upbringing from dad who moved to America as refugee from Spanish Civil War. On her mother's side she has a straight line to the Natives American Aztecs, she was told as a child, and supported by evidence of DNA report. For decades she wrote poetry in her native Spanish, sharing it only with close associates. She has gravitated to English now for past three years. As for her writing style, she's overcoming a passion for experimental, magical realism, and exuberance with words (at times). She has two unpublished chapbooks, one on nature and the environment, the other on a toddler's life discoveries. Milagros holds a BS in Psychology (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico), a degree in Family Counseling (Institute for Clinical Behavioral Sciences, Mexico), and another in Instructional Design (San Diego State University (SDSU)), and various Certificates in Latin American Contemporary Literature (ITAM University), Creative Writing (Wesleyan University) & Poetry (San Diego Writer's Ink). She is currently pursuing an MFA at SDSU. She has been a training & organizational development consultant for the last 15 years of her professional career.
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