polyped

pol•y•ped

(ˈpɒl iˌpɛd)

n.
something having many legs.
[1815–25]
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A deep thing blazons toward its name to find relief, And cold, in a mythic way, it moves through dark, As if it knew that darkness has a bad name all in vain, That a deep thing plunges in a deepened way toward light, The way plankton move in darkness through the polyped deep, The way a climber, on the dark side of a peak, moves first Through caves, ravines, encampments of the shade; the way The early hurts, in dark, release the rectifying urge That sets the words to song to speak its name.