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Ocean Poems

June is World Oceans Month. I’ve talked a lot about how important oceans are to life on Earth, like here and here. But there are many out there who have been inspired to write about and praise the ocean. So that you may also be inspired by the ocean in a different way, this year’s World Oceans Month blog is a small collection of poems and quotes about the deep blue. Enjoy!
sea turtle

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
–John F. Kennedy


Walking Water

By Wyatt Townley

Inside us the ocean
sways like a cradle
in which we rock              rock  
and are drawn like the tide
to the moon twice a day
we carry our water and it carries us
we are a good pail with legs
foot by foot on the turning
mountain of the world
water walking on the prairie
walking water on the road
up the stairs through a door
where the view rushes out of us
through the window to the woods
rushing water in the desert
rushing water in this chair
and that one you’re in
water walking
and what is solid is not at all
what we thought     the rock
worn away by the rocking

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”
–Arthur C. Clarke


If the ocean had a mouth

By Marie-Elizabeth Mali
I’d lean close, my ear
to her whisper and roar,
her tongue scattered
with stars.
She’d belt her brassy voice
over the waves’ backbeat.
No one sings better than her.
Would she ever bite
the inside of her cheek?
Would she yell at the moon
to quit tugging at her hem,
or would she whistle, drop
her blue dress and shimmy
through space to cleave
to that shimmer?
What did she mean to say
that morning she spit out
the emaciated whale
wearing a net for a corset?
All this emptying
on the sand. Eyeless
shrimp. Oiled pelicans.
Within her jaws the coral forests,
glittering fish, waves like teeth,
her hungry mortal brine.

“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.”
–Ryunosuke Satoro

I particularly appreciate this last quote. It’s a nice reminder that although individual efforts may seem in vain, together those efforts can really make change for the better.

What is your favorite ocean literature, friends? Share with me @CandidCroc on Twitter and Instagram!

Posted: 6/26/2018 11:10:17 AM by Sabrina Cynova

Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.


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