Poetry Resources:

Fragile

Cyanide....
Our worlds collide,
Spray it on-
Fish all gone.

The reef teems with vitality,
But we know of its fragility.

So, if you become aware,
Of those who do not really care,

Demonstrate
Educate
Donate
Legislate

Why let the world of human sins
Destroy unique origins?

By Ann Hart
© 2001 Miss Maggie’s Earth Adventures, LLC

Community

The parrotfish with brilliant hues,
The angelfish of greenish blues,

The damselfish with yellow fin,
A flounder who is flat and thin,

The corals: ribbon, brain and star,
Delicate and living - yes, they are.

The puffer - up it blows,
The moray eel - snakelike it goes.

The swaying of the fine sea fan,
The grouper - red, yellow, and tan,

The spiny urchin of the sea,
All of the reef community!

Ann Hart

The following four poems are by Valerie Worth from her book "All the Small Poems and Fourteen More" published in Canada by Harper Collins Canada LTD.

crab


The dead crab
Lies still,
limp on the dry sand,


All strength to crawl
Gone from his
Hard shell-


But he keeps a shape
Of old anger
Curved along his claws.


seashell


My father's mother
picked up the shell
And turned it about
In her hand that was
Crinkled, glossy and
Twined with veins,
The finger rumples
Into soft roses
At the knuckles, and
She said, "Why did
That little creature
Take so much trouble
To be beautiful?"


starfish


Spined
With sparks
Limbed
With flames,


Climbing
The dark
To cling
And shine


Until the
Slow tide
Turns
Again:


Not even
Knowing
What stars
Are
But
Even so,
The Same.


octopus


Marvel at the
Awful many-armed
Sea-god Octopus,
And the coiled
Elbows of his eager
Eightfold embrace:


Yet also at this
Tapered tender
Fingertips, ferrying
Their great brow
Along the sea floor
In solitary grace.

Some more poems of interest:

“See What I Found”
By Myra Cohn Livingston
From The Sand, Sea and Me Poems
selected By M. Jean Craig Walker and Co.

“The Shark”
By Lord Alfred Douglas
From The Mermaid and Other Sea Poems, complied by Sophie Winden,
Scholastic, Inc.

“Ocean”
By Joan Bransfield
from:
Scholastic
Ticknor and Fields


“The Fish Are All Sick”
By Anne Stevenson
From Mother Earth Father Sky, Poems of Our Planet
Selected by Jane Yolen


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