The Mouths in the Cave

In reefs and caves you make a vibrant nest, Your shells erect majestic, living rocks; As sunlight burns you scheme whilst taking rest, But when the night sets in, your case unlocks. As tendrils slither through the murky brine, They taste the brackish soup for future prey; A thousand tiny mouths now wait in line, … Read more

Listening for Messages in the Bubbles

Hidden deep beneath the briny, see-through floor You seep effervescently from your veiled crack, Belching out a defiant, aquatic roar.   You strive to escape the waters cold and black, Taking your leave via the nearest slip road; Breaking the surface with euphoric feedback.   Listening to your secret, amphibious code, We measure the pitch … Read more

Breaking Their Resilience

As our oceans warm from global change, Vibrant corals dissolve and collapse; Reefs in the Northern Red Sea Are sheltered from the stress. But local events Bring pollution; In the end They will Break. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research which has found that excess nutrients from human activities may compromise the resilience … Read more

Brittle Eyes

Across the vibrant reefs you snake and crawl, In search of shelter from an unseen threat; The shadows write their names in salty scrawl, Your body intertwined in blind duet.   You see the world without a lens or eye, As veiled photoreceptors help you scry; Your skin a dense and tangled web of sight, … Read more

The Coastal Calypso

The Caribbean Sea is clad, Between Belize and Trinidad; And underneath an azure sky, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   Four months to cross from east to west, Then at the boundary they congest; Escaping with a wet reply, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   And somewhere up in outer space, We measure … Read more

Senescence by the Sea

Whilst it is certain that we all must die, Why is it that we must grow old with age? Our final acts upon this mortal stage Would seem less fierce if youth would not pass by.   But urchins in the sea do now defy The thoughts that drown declining minds with rage: Whilst it … Read more

The Harmful Enclosure of Many Lands

If your soul hurts, this is what you must do: Look out upon the spilt blood of the land, The necklace of the Earth, its sapphire hue, A homestead of the prow, encased in sand. Then build your house next to these spaces blue, Away from parks and where mankind has fanned; Remember when you … Read more

We Pray That We Will Find Silence

At the bottom of the ocean, In a mariner’s trench so deep That Hillary could have climbed it, We pray that we will find silence.   So carefully we tap the phones, A titanium-encased bug That we place in the ocean’s heart So that we can find its stillness.   Yet even here, beneath the … Read more

The Rondeau Bloop

The thumping sound of a breaking heart, Heard across the ocean blue, By sensors continents apart; The thumping sound of a breaking heart: A sound completely off the chart, An organic sound, now heard as new. The thumping sound of a breaking heart, Heard across the ocean blue.   No whale could make such abstract … Read more

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