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Updated on January 23, 2011
Photo by Stephan  A Coconut in the Ocean...Boynton Beach, Fl.
Photo by Stephan A Coconut in the Ocean...Boynton Beach, Fl.


There's a Coconut in the Ocean.

It actually looks like it belongs there...

Just rolling around in the surf,

It seems happy to be there.

Catching those moments as the world spins by.

While I look for that mental place in my mind,

To enjoy this unusual sight.

Lover Man is with me, and bends down to take a closer look.

It's color is rich, a dark brown, and probably good enough to eat.

He scoops it up as others gather around.

To inspect, and to make sounds, to spread their thoughts.

"Break it on the Jetty" someone shouts as others join in.

Suddenly it seems important to us to protect it...

From what? I'm not really sure.

Lover Man holds it close to his chest with one hand,

As he reaches for my hand as we silently walk away.

Someone snickers, "It's not alive you know"...

It's a Coconut.

We don't answer as we walk quietly away.

When it is safe to do so,

We will give it back to the Ocean.


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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Thanks Jaggedfrost for coming back to clarify...Much appreciated.

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Epigramman, I have to agree with you..Like the people that keep our Scores. I just went from a 92 to an 89...tell me why, tell me why? Forget that I've written 80 Hubs...I'd like to throw a big COCONUT AT THEM...NO I wouldn't waste one on the SCORE KEEPER. LOL.

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      yes I liked it dear Malin. It was a pleasure to read.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      .....I think some people at the Hub may have coconut heads - lol lol lol - and if I saw one on my beach right now where I live - then I would be looking for Dali in a dream - lol lol - and I meant coconut, not hubber!

      Although a hubber washing up on shore would be quite the murder mystery - lol lol

      I am so very glad though you are enjoying your winter down south - and it's in your artistic side that you see things that other people don't - and that is a poetic gift you possess - and one that I appreciate very much in your writing!!!!

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Hi Jaggedfrost, thanks for stopping by and for the information that you shared, and for I think liking this piece.

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Thanks Rich, for your interesting comments and thank you for enjoying and I like them too...those Coconuts!

      Cheryl, thanks so much for coming by and for your welcomed comments.

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Shygirl2, Haven't seen that new show yet...But I'm so glad you liked my story. It was a fun piece to write.

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Breakfastpops, I know which one you're taking about, but can't think of the name either.

      Was it the movie "Big"? Anyway so glad you enjoyed !

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      Hey WillStarr, Thanks for you insight, and for enjoying my poem, so glad you stopped by.

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      Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

      I am sure some coconut tree in the future will thank you for the chance to live. Plants and trees may not be on the same level and realm as man per say but they have a function and purpose. There is some virtue in protecting that.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      The Coconut - A very versatile nut indeed.

      Can be drunk; and in many ways can feed.

      Love the coconut and this poem too.

      God bless.

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      shygirl2 7 years ago

      Cute! I like your story of the coconut at sea. How different and unique...with your Lover Man in tow. :D I just saw a show on t.v. where they use the coconut to replace blood loss, using an IV drip type application. It was on 'Off the Map'. For some reason, your coconut at sea reminded me of it. Go figure, huh? ; )

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 7 years ago

      Love it, most *excellent !

      Mother Lightning


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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Wonderful piece. The coconut reminds me of the basketball Willis in the movie with Tom Hanks whose name escapes me at the moment!! Voted up and awesome.

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Who's to say it's not alive? Perhaps its mission is to ply the oceans until it finds its place to root.

      Great writing. Voted up and beautiful.