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I've posted this on the American forums, but those buggers mostly just made fun of me. So I'll try it here.. it's a bit depressing though (the subject being our dying reefs). It's meant to be the reef speaking to the tide...

Reef to the Tide
[FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]
Tide bring back the sea
and bring life back to me
The little ones are dying fast
The larger ones, now of the past

You go at the moon's demand
each day to make sea of dry land
Drag out the old, bring in the new
For countless years it's all I knew
But now you drag and drag on more
Bring little back to my empty shore

Tide won't you bring back the sea?
Was it you who took it all from me?
The living stones and talking sands
and soft little ones with many hands
This loss is great and is felt by all
But to where do a reef's tears fall?

Each day you go at the moon's request
To bring it back you do your best
But soon there won't be much here
Thousands gone, or more I fear
For with you comes poison and pain
as ghosts of finned beasts haunt in vain

Tide will you bring back the sea?
Once there's little left of me?
Or will you take the waters away
And end this miserable day [/FONT]
 

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Actually quite haunting when you think about it. something we dont want to think about but should.

Very evocative Sara, very touching
 
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Thanks. Have you ever been to one of Dr. Ron's lectures? or otherwise read/seen his lecture on how the reefs are doomed? I wrote it during one such lecture... which explains the melancholy tone.
 
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Seriously... this is why I try to help people as much as I can (and why I so encourage breeding attempts--even by "newbies"). I truly believe there may come a day when the only place some of these animals are still alive is in aquariums. If I had it my way, I'd have every coral cared for as if it were the last of its kind on earth.
 

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Seriously... this is why I try to help people as much as I can (and why I so encourage breeding attempts--even by "newbies"). I truly believe there may come a day when the only place some of these animals are still alive is in aquariums. If I had it my way, I'd have every coral cared for as if it were the last of its kind on earth.
Even though I think it is a very real possibility, I pray that day will never come. However humans being what they are would be hard pressed to prevent it. It is only the special few like yourself that can and will turn that tide.
 
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Even though I think it is a very real possibility, I pray that day will never come. However humans being what they are would be hard pressed to prevent it. It is only the special few like yourself that can and will turn that tide.
And you too I imagine... 10 to 300g aquariums all around the world adds up. ;)

(Oh, that's ~38 to 2.2k litres to you metric-types :p)
 

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And you too I imagine... 10 to 300g aquariums all around the world adds up. ;)

(Oh, that's ~38 to 2.2k litres to you metric-types :p)
Difference youll still help thousands to make theirs a success, my hats off to you you lady:thumbup:

OH and of course Metric is the only way to go, imperial is dead in the rest of the world ;)
 
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Aw, thanks :blushing: But seriously... we all help in our own way. :)
 

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And you too I imagine... 10 to 300g aquariums all around the world adds up. ;)

(Oh, that's ~38 to 2.2k litres to you metric-types :p)
Surely you mean 1.2k litres? (to us math types :p )
 
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Oh, yes, sorry... typo. Sadly, did you know I majored in math in college?
 

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Hehe... and I barely passed it in first year :/
 
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It's kinda funny, but once you get past calculus, you don't even work with numbers anymore. It's all abstract work with weird symbols and just about the entire Greek alphabet. And dear lord, some of it was so hard! I had some exams where, you got at least half the credit if you could even just rewrite the question...
 

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It's kinda funny, but once you get past calculus, you don't even work with numbers anymore. It's all abstract work with weird symbols and just about the entire Greek alphabet. And dear lord, some of it was so hard! I had some exams where, you got at least half the credit if you could even just rewrite the question...
You know, i'm sure it was all just an inside joke, you rearranged numbers and letter for 3 years but didn't actually solve anything:)
 
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You know, i'm sure it was all just an inside joke, you rearranged numbers and letter for 3 years but didn't actually solve anything:)
That's actually closer to the truth than you'd think, but it wasn't an inside joke... this is actually the nature of higher math. lol
 

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First year was a breeze. Probably because I never pitched up for the exam.:)

When I tried first year math again in my second year I passed but also just barely. It was in second year where it gets hairy (and more mediteranian...lol)
 

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Back to the poem :). Its very sad but true. And will get worse as we destroy the earth, the polar caps melting and water levels rising.
 
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Excellent poem. You are quite a talented writer.
 
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