A piece of kelp, the holdfast*, looks, in the dim light of a winter’s afternoon, like a bloodied monkey paw, disembodied, scraped down to the knuckles, scabbed and stained with darkened skin not torn away, a portent of death:of the day, of the light, of the year.

It reminds me too of a long forgotten cautionary tale written by W.W. Jacob, The Monkeys Paw, a warning from the wise for those who would meddle with fate. All this a piece of seaweed tells me in a moment on a gloomy day.



*The holdfast is a root-like mass that anchors the thallus(the body of the organism)to the sea floor, though unlike true roots it is not responsible for absorbing and delivering nutrients to the rest of the thallus.’s_Paw


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