When Monsters We Seek

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Loch Ness Visitor Centre 1987

I have snorkeled along reefs of the Pacific –

I have swam in the cold waters – Atlantic –

While some views there where beautiful – dramatic –

Never did a true monster I see.

 

Reefs teamed with life in bright blues, reds, and coral –

With the fact that they were fabulous, I cannot quarrel –

But even the sharks, which were frightening to see –

Really as monsters – they failed to be.

 

Underwater is a world of surprises –

But one truth that I finally arrived with –

When it comes to the risks to the ocean –

The threatening monsters are we.

 

Padre

I am a lover of the sea, and while I am by no means a “tree huger,” I do lament our impact on the sea.  We damage reefs, over fish, and create “islands” of plastic.  While we have moved past Melville’s world of whaling, we have found new ways to exploit the worlds waters.   It was this in mind that I approached Maria Antonia’s prompt.

 

OFMARIAANTONIA photo challenge:  Under Water

 

 

2 thoughts on “When Monsters We Seek

  1. The Lochness Monster has always fascinated me. Thanks for this photo.

    And the poem. It IS sad how so many people don’t seem to take any responsibility for the world around us. Like the garbage they toss on the beach… I suppose they think it will just disappear into some magical abyss. 😦

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