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    We like to share a lot of news on this here blog, most of it pertaining to new species, rare fish, exciting equipment, some occasional ocean science and artworks but real bonafide poetry is notably absent. In an effort to rectify this situation and to bring more culture to the overly macho reef scene, here’s a beautiful, thoughtful poem from Kevin Zelnio of The Other 95% blog on marine invertebrates.

    The words to “Solitary Coral” are actually the lyrics to a ‘Spineless Song’ but since we can’t seem to track down*that audio file, here the song is presented as a poem about the life of being a single corallite and polyp in the sea.

    Solitary Coral

    The reef was mine ’til the time they overgrew me
    Slow and long
    Many polyps strong
    Then food came along, made me strong, that’s what I thought
    then my prey,
    Went away

    Don’t know that I will but until I can find me
    Some prey that’ll stay and won’t play games behind me
    I’ll be in this world
    A solitary coral
    A solitary coral

    I’ve had it to here – being where one is a small number
    No strength in many
    Can’t move any
    I know it’s been done havin’ one polyp survive
    Right or wrong
    Weak or strong

    Don’t know that I will but until I can find me
    Some prey that’ll stay and won’t play games behind me
    I’ll be in this world
    A solitary coral
    A solitary coral

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