the venus flower basket
has a tale of sex and death.
the basket is a curved tube like glass sponge
created in intricate lattice work.
it is a bridal chamber
for a pair of tiny male and female shrimps
of the spongicola family.
the pair enters the bridal suite,
made in their beautiful home of the sea.
the young ones produced from this union
escape from the basket
while still in the embryo stage,
while the parents die inside the chamber.
'Your children get only one childhood'