(for Ben Hatke)
The alien who comes from ocean deeps
Is far more distant than the one who came
From Krypton. Where the Kraken waits and sleeps,
The Sea King is at home – and whales proclaim
His chilling glory. Think you know his name?
You know it not who hear it on the air.
An ancient strength, impossible to tame
Has made his heart its own forbidden lair.
Work out his motivations if you dare.
Remember, though, that he can breathe through gills.
Remember that his hope is your despair.
What the Flood promised, he in truth fulfills.
There is no doubting that he serves the good—
But are you in his moral neighborhood?