Deep-sea Tremors

From buried cracks And open wounds Shrouded scales Begin to seep. Cutting across murky waters Into buried memories And forgotten half-truths, Inky fingerprints Preserve their presence Alongside court proceedings And local weather reports. Over time these sightings Are recalled as prophecies; Portents of the restless Earth That slyly secrete themselves …

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Chemically Preserved in Jelly

Translucent orbs of moonlight Sail along our chalky coasts. Encased in an envelope Of teals and sapphires, Their chemical composition Reveals the secret tracks And hidden pathways Of a thousand Thousand Squares of liquid land. By mapping their nutrients Across soggy habitats We use these charts To navigate the channels …

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A (Mentally) Healthy Diet

Our mental health is complex and obscure, There is no simple truth for how we feel; Depression does not have a catch-all cure, But can we swallow comfort from a meal? The fatty acids of Omega three, Are found in fish and help to fight despair; Omega six in food …

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In Hidden Trenches

Within the deepest creases, out of sight, You glide along the ocean’s murky floor; Surviving in the darkest realms of night, Your body writhes above a sticky maw. Then when we drag your carcasses ashore, We prod and poke to see what we might find; And like the sailors who …

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Plastic Food

The oceans are awash with our debris, As plastics from our lives flow down the drain And travel down hewn channels to the sea, Where laced with man-made poisons they remain. Through plankton they leach into the food chain, As fish consume this fouled and tainted meal; The plastics then …

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Subterranean Homesick Fish

In deep dark ponds you gently glide, You made this cave your place to hide; Blessed with neither scales nor sight, You struggle blindly in the light.   The floods came down and flushed you out, Like Incy Wincy up the spout; Into a land of sun-drenched blight, You struggle …

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A Fish Will Not Find Home Before It Dies

Ocean acidity is on the rise, With many repercussions such as that A fish will not find home before it dies.   The new pH makes fish act in surprise, Prevents them hearing a new habitat; Ocean acidity is on the rise.   New slower swimming speeds mean their demise, …

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A Damsel in Distress

That dark patch of water looks cool, A perfect spot to just kick back. Why is that rock starting to drool? Please help me I’m under attack.   No choice but to swim for my life From this cruel dusky dottyback! Goodbye to my children and wife, Please help me …

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Are Fish Getting High on Cocaine?

Whilst mankind does litter the globe, There’s something that we need to probe: As yuppies flush the toilet chain, Are fish getting high on cocaine?   As drugs of abuse start to rise, It’s not just users that have highs. With every speedball down the drain, Are fish getting high …

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