Q: What would your animal totem be?
A: An octopus. I’ve always loved how smart and yet different they are. I love that their legs can have different personalities. I love that they both look and act like something that maybe, just maybe, slipped through some cross-dimensional fissure and decided that our oceans were comfortable enough to colonize. The only thing I hate about octopuses is how short their lifespans are. I have a growing collection of secret octopus decor hidden around my house. An embroidered throwpillow here. A candleholder there. A door knocker. All subtle enough that they might not immediately stand out, because that’s the weird beauty of octopuses, right? They hide in plain sight. I’ve got my eye on some bookends next…
Maggie Slater’s story “Catching College”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 June 2023.
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