This series features Honeycomb Cowfish -- Acanthostracion polygonia, in spawning sequence just south of the Front Porch, Bonaire, and a poem by Derek Walcott:
'This coral's shape echoes the hand
It hollowed. Its
Immediate absence is heavy. As pumice,
As your breast in my cupped palm.
Sea-cold, its nipple rasps like sand,
Its pores, like yours, shone with salt sweat.
Bodies in absence displace their weight,
And your smooth body, like none other,
Creates an exact absence like this stone
Set on a table with a whitening rack
Of souvenirs. It dares my hand
To claim what lovers' hands have never known:
The nature of the body of another.' ~ "Coral" by Derek Walcott
they had us at first blush...
‘Ah, better to love in the lowliest cot
Than pine in a palace alone.’ ~ George John Whyte-Melville, Chastelar