Photo Challenge #206 – An Octopus’ Garden


Image: Vincent Bourilhon

Are you dreaming Mister?

“I’d like to be, under the sea.”

But I’m not am I.

“In an octopus’ garden in the shade,”

But I’m not am I!

No, I’m stuck here miles up in the air

A bunch of balloons holding me up

In a car that should be in the wreckers

And if not then in a museum.


Life’s a friggin’ joke some days

When I should be soaring with eagles

I’m running round with a bunch of turkeys.

I long for a moment or two when we can

Sail through the blue beyond

Watch the coral, the fishes, the fascination

Of an ocean world, we’ve dreamed about so long.

But instead, we are prone to the whims of the atmosphere

Buffered about in air pockets we have no control over.


You said it wouldn’t matter how rich or poor I am

You said it’s the man you were most attracted to

But this boy is air sick, longing for the feel of the earth

The car seats are hard, my bum hurts like crazy

But still, the flight goes on,

When will the balloons burst?

The plunge to earth will be exhilarating

Maybe then we’ll fall into the sea

I’ll be able to, “ ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’ garden with me.”

But that’s all wishful thinking, even though
“I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade.”


The old Ford Anglia putts off into the distance

The octopus’ garden a figmentation of my imaginative.

At least the balloons are colourful,

The on board bar filled to overflowing

Enough to drown my sorrows

Create a few new dreams

Of girls, small dogs and poems on a wall.

“We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves.”

Dream on mister, it’s a good fantasy

You just never know.


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6 Responses to Photo Challenge #206 – An Octopus’ Garden

  1. Lyn says:

    You won’t have any problems with the car crashing to earth, Michael, it’s a real properly flying car that is. It doesn’t need the balloons – just ask Harry Potter and Ron Weasley 😀

  2. You should take the egg man with you.

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