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Snoozing In Schools.

Updated on June 2, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

What goes on at night in the deep blue sea?

Did you ever wonder if fish sleep/

Snoozing in schools.

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Way down in the oceans deep 
what do fish do when we sleep
do they close their bulging eyes
blowing bubbly lullabies?
Do they snore creating sounds
muted by water all around?
Perhaps they lay down on their sides
just drifting with the ocean's tides
across the sandman's vast supplies.
Do they snooze when the seas turn black
their tails unmoving... fins all slack?
do jellyfish sleep in their sacks,
those puffy bags upon their backs?

Do electric eels switch off their current?
the hum would be a sleep deterrent?
do octopuses often hate 
their feet falling asleep, "all eight??"
Do plankton nap on ancient wood
the boards of shipwrecks lost for good?
Do swordfish sheath their pointed nose
so no one's stuck while in repose?
do eels go into fetal curls
their skin electric blankets?
do schools of fish all share
huge dorms in an underwater campus?
do flouders flop around all? night

flipping from front to back

their floudering grants them no sleep

hopeless insomniacs

do groupers all have one big cave

where they gather each night?

all huddled in a fishy mass

asleep until daylight

Do sardines snuggle as they doze
like those found canned in tidy rows?
It looks quite comfy..I suppose.
Are they all snoozing unaware
that sharks could be 
their next nightmare?
Does sleep mean that 
they're dead for sure?
lying still lures all predators.
The ocean bed is not too great
for sleeping you could wind up bait.
I guess they spend their days and nights
eyes open with or without lights.
It makes a lot of sense to me,
I'd get no rest as a fishy
if I lived deep beneath the sea.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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