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Rainforest of the Sea

Updated on January 3, 2019
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Fringing Reef


Above the Reef


The Coral Reefs of the World are unique and diverse, however many threats are contributing to their demise. It's estimated that 10% of the reefs are dead globally and more are dying.

The following is a visual poem, which depicts the environment of reefs around the world and the way everything ties together and how it can be blown apart unless we as stewards of the ocean ecology do our part to ensure their survival and recovery.

Rainforests of the Deep

Coral Planting


Antler Coral


Brain Coral

Lavender Tube Sponges on Caribbean Reef


Laysan Albatross


Artificial Reef - Gulf of Aqaba


Before and After Bottom Trawling


Coral Mining


© 2015 Ralph Schwartz


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  • Authenticz profile image

    Authenticz HubPage 

    5 years ago from North America


  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    You are spot on as usual - the upper part being more dense and then thinned by the impact of damage and slowly rebuilding toward the bottom

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    John Hansen 

    5 years ago from Queensland Australia

    This was a very interesting and effective concept for a poem RJ. The words looked to be in the shape of coral to me. Being Australian, the health of the Great Barrier Reef is of constant concern to me and many of my countrymen and women. Bleaching has already begun in places like many other coral reefs around the world it needs protecting and preserving. I applaud you for this hub. Beautiful images too.

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    Eric Wayne Flynn 

    5 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

    A reminder of how all life is dependent upon each other. An interesting approach visually to the piece; acts as a map, showing the coverage and potential disentigration of the reefs.


  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks CrisSp & GRL - appreciate you taking the time to read

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    Wonderful journey to the sea. Love the picture of the albatross.

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    5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Brilliant work! Lovely images!

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I've been experimenting with this "fragmentation" approach on a few works - hopefully it gives the reader many pathways to travel each time they read it; always arriving at the final conclusion. My son has Autism and I find myself marveling at how his thought process is so much different than mine, yet we come to the same answer....the unseen guide who steadies my pen....Blessed Be my Spiritual Brother

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    5 years ago from london

    Cleverly done poem with priceless images! Also awesome message. We need more readers from higher places too. Hari Om!

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thank you very much for the kind words - I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. At least the problem is being addressed and hopefully with a little luck the seas will recover.

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    5 years ago

    What a a symphony and harmonic display of verse here dear poet. It's very sad what man has done to the sea in so many ways, poisoning it steadily daily, like the rain forests, coral is on the list of extinctions. The cruelty by man so callous and unforgiving. The seas have become a dump site for every conceivable waste imaginable. Your display of photos here are magnificent, I love the sea. Let's hope that man will come to our senses and repair the damages they are doing and have done. Beautiful poem


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