Ocean Neighbourhood

05 Sep

Ocean Neighbourhood

Cuttlefish, Brittle Star, Bull Shark and Conch
Blowfish and Electric Eels
Grey Whales and Dogfish Sharks, Gastropods, Clams
Jellyfish, Orcas and Seals

Purple Sea Urchins, Sand Dollars and Squid
Octopus, Tuna and Sponge
Walrus and Angelfish, Right Whales and Blue
Nurse Sharks and Makos that lunge

Sea horses, Corals, Crustaceans and Krill
Man-of-War, Mollusks — I wish
Dugong my neighbor and Narwhal my friend . . .
Oh, if I only were fish!

© Violet Nesdoly


Poetry Friday LogoWe only have to watch a few underwater videos or movies like Nemo to realize that an ocean neighbourhood is  not nearly as friendly or safe as this poem (a repost from February 2011)  would imply. But we can pretend, can’t we!

This poem is part of Poetry Friday hosted today by Laura at  Author Amok.


Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Kids, Light


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11 responses to “Ocean Neighbourhood

  1. Laura Shovan

    September 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Dangerous, maybe, but you capture the beautiful variety of our ocean life.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 7, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Thank you, Laura, and thanks so much for hosting Poetry Friday. It has lots of personality this week!


  2. Myra GB

    September 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi there Violet, like Laura, I am also a Piscean – a water dragon to be precise. Love the imageries here.


  3. izatrapani1

    September 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Something fishy going on around here! I can see you had fun with this one, Violet. Very nice!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Thanks so much, Myra and Iza. And Congratulations on your book coming out on Tuesday, Iza! How exciting is that!! I read that your book Itsy Bitsy Spider sold over 1 million copies! May Miss Muffett do as well.


  4. haitiruth

    September 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Just read it to my son and he liked it a lot! 🙂


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 7, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Thank you Ruth. Your son’s ‘like’ is high praise indeed. Without little kids around to test these kid poems, it’s hard to tell if they hit the mark.


  5. maryleehahn

    September 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Love this chant! (And have you redesigned your site? Love the new? look!!)


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 7, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Mary Lee, what a great name for it: “chant.” As for the site, yes, I picked a different template and added my own background image a little while ago. Once I started putting up poetry book reviews, I felt reading so much white-on-black text was hard on the eyes. (Many website designers say not to use white on black for reading, though it sure makes photos pop!)


  6. bjleepoet

    September 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve been thinking about writing a sea-creature poem! This one’s very nice, Violet! I love the list-like approach!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Lists are so versatile, aren’t they? Have fun with your sea-creature poem!



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