When I watch in reverse,
the octopus retreats 
into the jar, 
retrieves the red lid 
and screws it on.
Unimpressed, two arms
reach into the tank
and undo the achievement 
with ease. 
Millions of years 
of devolution follow,
and I’m curious
to see how it ends,
but I’ve got papers
to grade
and a battery
that’s barely alive.