Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:00 A is For Aquarium
Written by Digital Cuttlefish

We've got some great marine poetry in our midst, from one talented femme who combines aquaria and verse on her blog, The Digital Cuttlefish.  This one's specially made for The Reef Tank, but make sure to check out the rest of her page.

A is for Aquarium, a home for wayward fish;

(A more pleasant alternative than ending up a dish)

Some personal, some public, some immense, some small

So many variations I could never list them all.


 A is for the Angelfish, which most of us have seen,

As pretty as an autumn leaf, as stately as a queen,

(The truth is, there are many fish that answer to that name—

But all of them are beautiful, so that much is the same.)


A is for Anemone, a predatory polyp,

Though flower-like in beauty, it’s a flower with a wallop!

They’re gorgeous in the wild; in the tank, a point of pride,

And often with a clownfish friend, which uses it to hide.


A is for the Albacore, a tuna, as you know,

A migratory species, which is anything but slow!

Not suited for aquariums, too often known, to man,

As the fish you use for sandwiches, you find inside a can.


A is for Anchovies, which we mostly know as food

(That’s how they’re known to other fish—it’s not like we are rude)

A most important link in an enormous living chain,

Where everything’s connected, and –oh, wait, here comes the rain…


A is for the Acid Rain that’s pouring from the skies,

Which changes ocean waters (which is really no surprise),

So corals, shells, and diatoms may weaken or dissolve,

And we’ll lose a lot of species, and some new ones may evolve.


A must stand for Action—it’s already getting late!

We can work to save the oceans, or just leave them to their fate.

As we care for our aquariums, we care for oceans, too—

Since the fish themselves can’t do it, it is up to me and you.


A is for Aquarium, where people pay their fees,

To see the sort of species that we used to find in seas.

The ocean is too dangerous for them to swim around;

We preserve them in Aquariums, to keep them safe and sound.



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