from an Ancient Liturgy
after The Shark Trust ‘ID Guide: Starry Skate’ and Vita Korneva ‘i have to wear a skin’
…§ Then shall follow two collects
Protect the Starry Skate from harm,
her gills and spiracles
from knocks and careless touch.
Grant her a place of shade at noon,
a soft surface when the sun goes down.
Together as in one net we welcome her.
She breaks surface as a white hammer
V She is almost a people.
R She crushes shells in her jaws.
V She is kin.
R Her fins pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, caudal.
§ Then shall all devoutly touch chest, back of neck, lumber region, left hip.
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