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sea horse

there are horses
no one ever rides
who have no mane
no neigh no cantor
feels no saddle
feels no bridle bit
is free and yet
is seldom seen
instead she rides
instead she glides
across the ocean deep
where she runs her course
the little little sea horse
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Posted: Aug 2010

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SCatlyn
Aww... adorable. love Makes me want to know more about them. thumbs up
SCatlyn
Found some info on them:
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Seahorses are truly unique. Unlike most fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. They are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young, equipped with a brood pouch on their front-facing side. The female deposits her eggs into his pouch, and the male fertilizes them internally. He carries the eggs in his pouch until they hatch, then releases fully formed, miniature seahorses into the water.

Because of their body shape, seahorses are rather inept swimmers and can easily die of exhaustion when caught in storm-roiled seas.
(-excerpted from National Geographic)

Aww... your poem is a wonderful little tribute to these wonderful little seahorses. teddybear
serpico12
wow scatlyn what clever work to add the sea horse to the poem page..and your take on the poem..you have done some research on this subject..thank you so very much for adding all you did and researching and adding it here..it will make the poem much more the richer..so take some credit for making the poem page more viewable...thanks a lot scatlynwine wave
Happygolucky4uonline today!
I loved your poem and the way you described the freedom of the sea horse. I have always thought of them as such mystical creatures. I guess because they are so rare, at least I have not seen many in my life time dunno
niah9
Ever since I was a very tiny girl, sea horses have left me awe, and a hard carboard book was my favourite, and may have been the water babies, but it had sea horses, so it was well cared for but well used....Thanks you for the poem, it brought back sweet memories...Niahwow teddybear
serpico12
hi happygolucky4u, thank you so much for the comments on my poem, appreciate what you say..
yes like you i have not seen many..they are such curious creatures, scatlyn was kind enough to add the picture, which makes the poem look better..


hi niah..well thank you too niah..glad it brought some memories back for you and that you liked the poem too..thanks for comments and personal insight...
boyshchrm6
Very nice write Serpico and Scatlyn I'm still reeling
from the idea of the male bearing the little colts and fillies.
Very educational.....very traumatic...didn't the governor of
California do a movie about this......doh frustrated
serpico12
well thanks boyscharm..it was scatlyns research based on reading the poem..mind blowing concept of the life of the male..thanks for viewing..
dont know about the movie...maybe scatlyn will pick that up if she views this again..cheers..
jazzy75
lovely poem serpico....these tiny creatures do spark wonder...and you never know where you might learn something truly memorable.thumbs up
serpico12
hi jazzy ..and thanks for viewing..yes true i did nt know aspects of the sea horse either..seems you learn something new each day..
gnj4u
Hi, serpico12,
Thanks for bringing the seahorse to light. I was feeling all wistful over the fact that the seahorse mates for life until I read that their lifespan is only one to three or five years, depending on the source. It puts the human lifespan and fidelity rate into some type of perspective. (But, having once had a salt-water aquarium, I was sad to read that I was on the seahorse's biggest-predator list.)
serpico12
hi gn and thanks for commenting again on the poem..well scatlyn read the poem and did some research it would appear..so its down to her..good research job...yes..short life for the sea horses..wonder why really..
SCatlyn
Hi Serpico,
Thank you for the reply!(I think I get too much credit there laugh, but thanks!)
Here's a little more info:
Seahorses live exclusively in saltwater & can be found in most of the oceans. They prefer shallow, tropical, temperate waters close to the coast line. Large seahorse populations are found close to the equator. Due to the fact that they are poor swimmers & can easily die from exhaustion, they live in calm, sheltered areas such as coral reefs, sea grass beds & mangroves.

Herds of seahorses have been found in the oceans near southern North America and northern South America. They also live in the oceans around Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Southern Asia and also exist in all of the Mediterranean seas.

And as was mentioned, they live from 1 - 5 years. Not sure why, but it seems they're pretty fragile. They have to eat almost non-stop to survive b/c their digestive system works so quickly.

--Once again, love the poem! (And it's been really interesting learning more about seahorses)
SCatlyn
"I'm still reeling from the idea of the male bearing the little colts and fillies.
Very educational.....very traumatic...didn't the governor of
California do a movie about this......doh frustrated " rolling on the floor laughing

Well, boyshcharm... professor if a woman can do it... rolling on the floor laughing

Then again, I didn't see the movie, but if Schwarzenneger had trouble, with all his bodybuilding championships... I guess it could be traumatic to think about!!laugh
swade777
Poetry can be fun, educational, mysterious, serious, silly and quite sobering at times.... yet.. it's the WRITERS that make it happen!!! Here's 3 cheers for poets around the world!!! cheers cheers cheers
serpico12
hi dear scatlyn..thank you so much for the added information on the sea horse, thats a lot of information you gleamed, so you got to take some credit as readers will see another dimension to the poem, i e your photo and in depth detail on the sea horse, so thank you so very very much for that...and do share in the compliments here..wave
serpico12
hi swade777 hey thanks i agree with you..its great to see the skill lots of writers can possess, and draw from such a vast amount of subject matter..thanks ..
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