He took me to the coast and walked me past
The fair, the candyfloss, the arcade games,
And then he pulled me playfully
Inside the little sea life centre.
Dilapidated and unloved
But still it teemed with screaming kids.
I let him pay, it was a first date after all.
And then we entered underwater love,
Hand in hand as we travelled deeper, deeper
Into ocean halls.
He stopped in front of jelly fish
And stared at tentacles that changed with light
From blue, to yellow, to flaming red.
They’re my favourite, he said
Never peeling eyes from fish.
I watched in fascination
And as they drifted past the glass
In long and lazy undulating circles.
I realised probably
They were my favourite too.