Deep Sea Squeeze

by Eric Ode

I’m wrapped from top to bottom
in an octopus embrace
with seven arms around my waist
and one across my face.

It all began this morning
with a scuba diving trip.
I found the creature wedged beneath
a sunken pirate ship.

So, carefully, I dug him free.
He offered no objection
but covered me in tentacles
with octopus affection.

It seems I’ve made a friend today,
but this I’d like to know:
How do you say, in octopus,
“You’re welcome. Please let go.”

  — Eric Ode

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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About this Poem

I think I’ve written four or five different octopus poems over the years. Aren’t they the best creatures ever? The idea of an octopus who is so grateful for being saved that he won’t quit hugging his rescuer still makes me smile.

From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems

What I Did on My Summer Vacation is the first funny poetry book about summer vacation! It will entertain kids all summer, whether they’re away at camp, traveling cross country in a hybrid or staying home with a bookshelf full of good summer reading. It contains over 40 sidesplitting poems about summer vacation that cover everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day of school. These hilarious poems are sure to make you count the days until summer vacation begins!

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About the Author

Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) is a national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, a widely published author and poet, and a thoroughly engaging entertainer. He has contributed poems to dozens of anthologies as well as poems and lyrics to a Grammy Nominated and a Grammy Award winning album. A former elementary teacher, Eric has been invited to share his music and poetry programs with schools, community festivals, libraries, and churches throughout the United States, in Germany, Japan, and in Guam.

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