Tropic Seas

Tropic Seas

A Poem by Dave Brown

buried treasure


Tropical seas

Lap golden sand shores

Soft blue skies

Carry gentle white clouds

Palms moved gently

As coconuts sway


First one baby turtle

And then they were two    

And then an endless number

Came crawling through

With Predators waiting

What else can they do

For this far corner of Nature

Its nothing new


But on some islands

Things have been changed

The turtle birth gauntlet

Has been rearranged

With villager’s assuring

A safe pass over land

As they start their swim

Across the beach sand


When in the sea water

Danger still lurks

Although better maneuverability

Becomes one of their perks

For those that make it

Those very few

It will be forty years

Before they leave buried eggs

On a tropical island near you



© 2020 Dave Brown

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I love this. You first (very accurately) put us on a tropical island, a simple description that takes in everything but people. Then we see the baby turtles, which are also described very well. And the dangers for them. This is why there are so many - so that a few can survive. It's hard, but true and very nicely described here, including helpful people.
I once had the good fortune to visit the Virgin Islands by sailboat, and can 'see' this easily. The images are wonderful. I also am reminded of seeing adult sea turtles swim near me when snorkeling. The adults do have a longer life when/if they make it to and in the sea safely. I'm so glad to be reminded of this in such beautiful words. Thank you for sharing!

Posted 8 Months Ago

Dave Brown

8 Months Ago

You were very fortunate
Our trips never didn't leave the Georgia Straits (which is a prime sa.. read more

8 Months Ago

Yes, I was.
We traveled the islands for a month.
You're right about the penguins - the.. read more
Very well expressed, dear Dave! A natural occurrence so well described in flowing rhyme and rhythm! It is always sad to watch those baby turtles make their charge for the waterline only to be plucked helplessly by waterbirds and the like. Its a tragically short life for them. It's wonderful to know that there are some people giving these little babies a small helping hand and thus ensuring the survival of the species. You have managed to weave a tale and educate at the same time here, dear Dave, and you have done it well. Much enjoyed, this one! :))

Posted 8 Months Ago

Dave Brown

8 Months Ago

There sometimes seems no end to the bad stuff these days so when something like this takes place, it.. read more
Well you transported me to tropical lands, sandy shores and I was enjoying the sun while watching those baby turtles. I have seen the rush for the sea on a wildlife programme before and how dangerous that can be for them. Pleased to hear that they are getting a helping hand to make sure they get a good start. Nicely penned nature write Dave.


Posted 8 Months Ago

Dave Brown

8 Months Ago

I am sure they enjoy the sun and the sea but if they knew what else waited for them, they'd probably.. read more
Loved this! Its great when people help nature along. Especially for such a good cause as procreation and an event that I read from your words is rare and full of peril. Awesome that it takes them 40 years to begin a new cycle. Things and creatures out there sometimes fill me with wonder. Wow.

Posted 8 Months Ago

Dave Brown

8 Months Ago

This is somewhat down in your vicinity and yes, I was also amazed that the females take 40 yrs befor.. read more

8 Months Ago

Welcome. :)

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