Science defines her by what she would hide —
two swaths of skin, her neck, either side. Small
fraction of flesh just a few inches wide
requires new nomenclature, protocol,
it has yet to provide. For now, amidst others,
when you think it won’t hear, you refer to
“the creature. Fill hearts with fear. Your druthers?
They never investigate, workers you
pay to renovate the aquariums
connect and expand. Giving this creature as
much as you can of your land. Yes, still some
restrictions for security. Creatures have
hidden dangers. In water they might twirl —
resembling even a trapped teenage girl.