Science Program on NPR

by Linda Voit

An octopus has multiple brains

including one in each tentacle

says the scientist. In fact,


should a tentacle be severed

from the body, he says,

it continues to find food


and bring it to the place

its mouth used to be.

I see its pathetic curl


toward nothing, cringe

for the tentacle    for me

twenty-two years ago


those long weeks

after their fatal accident

dialing my parents' number.