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Admire Her Afar!

Large protruding eyes.
Common to tropical seas.
This fairly small ray.

Intertidal zone.
Dasyatidae her species.
At thirty meters.

Bright blue polka dots.
So showered with accolades.
Predators be warned.

Colorful stingray.
Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray.
Don’t mess with her sting!

This ocean-finned friend.
Packed with a potent poison.
Admire her afar!

About this poem

Marine life is arguably how most people connect with oceans across the world . Researchers of marine life and marine ecology are collecting valuable observational data about the life and landscape of the ocean depths. One of these discoveries is about the life, habitat and species of the Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. A creature of beauty, the Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray packs a wallop of a sting. This poem is written in a five-stanza haiku format.  

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Written on January 27, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 27, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    Nice description.
    LikeReplyReport3 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Karl, I am beginning to think you are a modern laurate ! A Stingray poem no less, such originally ! To go where no man has gone deserves credit where credit is due ! Think on and create.
    LikeReplyReport3 months ago


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