Dead Zone

“Fish and other marine life could be left gasping for breath in oxygen-poor
oceans for thousands of years to come if global warming continues unchecked,
scientists warn…”
                                            
–National Geographic News; Jan. 28, 2009

You are sequestered in water
I am confined by the air
…………..
You are scaly and finny
I am soft-skinned and fair

…………………..
I am a reader of volumes
You are a swimmer in time
………………….
You read the text of the ocean
I tread the sea of my mind

………………….
You draw your breath from a liquid
I take mine from a gas
………………….
I am as slow as a dimwit
You are exceedingly fast
………………….
I know little of coral
You know nothing of trees

………………….
You know the feel of a current
I know the touch of a breeze

………………….
You seem content to be fishy
I’m seldom content to be man

………………….
You take pleasure in isness
I take it however I can
………………….
Your limit seems bounded and narrow
I think my limit is none
………………….
I die by the bounty I squander
You die by the damage I’ve done

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By Jim Culleny, December 7, 2009

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