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Nature's Single Dads - The Leafy Sea Dragon

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Nature's Single Dads - The Leafy Sea Dragon

Nature’s Single Dad’s
THE LEAFY SEA DRAGON

Gracefully swaying without need for speed 
Are creatures of beauty, disguised as seaweed.
Up to twelve inches long from tail to snout
These delicate creatures just drift about.

They carry, as they move like galleons in sail, 
Silk-like appendages, leafy and pale
On back spines, projecting as masts on a ship
Sailing the oceans, they rise and they dip,

To the rhythm of moon tides; full or neap,
They travel the seas; these Dragons of the Deep.
Through weed-covered reefs and meadows of sea grass
There’s neither a neigh nor a moo as they pass.
 
They resemble sea horses in flowing silk gowns
Drifting on rhythms, dancing up and then down.
They slow dance through the water just moving around 
No fire, no flames from these dragons; not a sound. 

The mother will lay two hundred eggs on Dad’s patch 
Of soft sponge, where safely they’ll hatch.
The sun flashes golden as she drifts on by,
While in the shadow on his tail, his offspring lie.

This single Dad of the deep tends a new generation,
Of Leafy Sea Dragon eggs; a fascinating creation. 
Less than one inch when first hatched from the eggs
As newly formed babies; ready for life without legs.

They drift as if they feed, gaining the silky covered bone
To a length of twelve inches by the time they’re full grown. 
The cycles of the moon dictate the rhythms and motion
Of this Leafy Sea Dragon in the great Southern Ocean.


The Leafy Sea Dragon is just one of Natures' Single Dads worthy of a mention for the survival of the species.

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  1. Date: 8/26/2012 8:26:00 PM
    ELIZA, congratulations with your featured poem of the week. :-) Always~PD

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 8/26/2012 11:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the connection and who ever chose to feature my poem, thank you. I am formatting and publishing this into a picture book due out next month. This is encouraging when the illustrating takes me away from the poetry soupers.
  1. Date: 2/5/2012 9:00:00 PM
    Wow. These are some profound, amazing words all put together to create a masterpiece of verse. I agree with the below comment - I found this poem to be very captivating and mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing and keep up the splendid work. Always, Laura

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/5/2012 11:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Laura, for your generous comments. I find that students (all ages) remember information when the words are presented in rhythmic verse. Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/1/2012 6:26:00 AM
    Love the poem,I tryed to rhyme but a can not in Englich...wery well done. - oxox Love Anne-Lise

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/1/2012 7:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you liked it I enjoy researching this topic. It is not easy to rhyme in a European language; the sentences come out front to back! I will read some of your writings and return your kindness. Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/1/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Dear Eliza, You know, not my usual style of poem, but as I read on I was captivated. You've done a whole biology lesson in excellent rhyme ! One query, if I may : L19 The sun flashes gold on as she drifts on by, do you mean golden ? Or is the "on" not needed ? Love Alan

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/1/2012 6:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Alan I will find the edit button and change 'gold on' to 'golden'. Something slipped (probably my fingers) when editing and when I Cont+C and Cont+V. I also found an 's' that shouldn't have been there. The alphabet is old enough to know how to behave! Wordancer