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Death of a Dolphin

Updated on April 29, 2015
A Dolphin in our bay.
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The Dolphin

He walked upon the beach that day and dropped down to the floor,

Before him lay the Dolphin Its life and breath no more.

He stroked the lovely creature, maybe a movement there,

He looked for recognition but instead a cold eye stare.

He moved around the Dolphin, his tears he could not hide,

For there he saw the Harpoon embedded in his side.

One year he'd known the Dolphin, in the bay he'd come to play,

Now Jack was dead he'd have to tell that he had passed away.

A lovely place our bay had been, until the fisherman came,

And Jack was not the first to die, soon they'll be back again.


© 2013 Graham Lee

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sad and unfortunate tale, Graham, about the death of a beautiful creature.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Dolphins are such beautiful and intelligent creatures, I'll never understand why they, or any other creatures, are abused like this. They've even been known to protect humans. Beautifully told. Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh why would anyone want to kill a Dolphin? They are so friendly and smart. Your poetry touched me. Thank you....

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      High Jodah. Thank you for your value visit.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. Thank you again for your nice comments.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ann. Thank you for your comments, I do appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Ghaelach 3 years ago

      Nicely written Graham. A sad but true story that happens to often. The human race is the cruellest creature on this planet.

      Ghaelach

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ghaelach. Thanks for your visit. You a correct of course, as they say The worlds ok, it's the people in it that cause the problems.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have always enjoyed your poetry, Graham, and this is no exception to the rule. What a sad state of affairs this whole ecology and environmental thing is....wouldn't it be wonderful if mankind found a way to live without having to kill other things in the process?

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thank you Bill, your comments are always valued. You are correct a sad state of affairs indeed. I fear the Horizon is without change and man will pay the ultimate price. Without the rainforest we are without Oxygen, without other species we are without food.

      Graham.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      How sad! We really don't care for the world, as God told us to do, and so we also suffer the results - and so does the whole environment.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, now, there is no sense in doing something like that at all! Good poem to bring awareness to something so wrong.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Not at all a show of stewardship by those fishermen, but a show of wanton waste.

      On Japan's Toshima Island, the citizens have registered all the dolphins in their waters as Japanese human citizens, so if anyone harms one, the perpetrator is charged with a crime. Dolphin deaths like the one in your poem have sigificantly decreased, there.

      Rated Up and more.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Blossom. Thank you for your visit. You are correct in your comments. Man must change.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Faith. Thank you for your comments they are of course correct. Thank you for the votes, they are much appreciated.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Patty. Thank you for your valued comments. I am pleased to find out of the Toshima Islanders decision. Thank you so much for your votes.

      Graham.

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Graham.

      How sad it would indeed be to see a beautiful creature slain in this way, I would be broken hearted too.

      Happy Christmas to you and yours Graham. Anne :)

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Anne. ( not now annie). Lovely to see you here Ann. Thanks for your visit and comments. A sad tale but often true I'm afraid.

      Best wishes to you and yours for Christmas keep warm.

      I mention Annie above as when we first made contact you preferred Annie I think?

      Graham.

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Graham.

      I still am Annie to friends like you but always sign my name as Anne because that´s what I was christened :) As for keeping warm, it´s hot in the sunshine but brass monkeys in the shade LOl.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      OK Annie. Thank you for including me in the Annie circle!

      Happy sunshine Christmas.

      Graham.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So beautiful it make me wish I had had the idea. Dolphins it seems are possibly the angels of the sea? Who does not love them who has a heart? Up and sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is beautifully done, but it also resonates with such sadness. Some life on this earth inspires beauty and wonder, it is hard to imagine that we would deliberately cause them pain, the Dolphin is a case in point. A very touching poem.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jackie. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Only a fool cannot see the joy of a Dolphin as he/she enjoys the company of humans. Thank you for the votes.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jo. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hard to imagine indeed. Man needs to improve so much but will it ever be.

      Graham.

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      Servant of God YHWH 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful but very sad poem. Unfortunately this is something that continues to happen still today. I don't see the purpose of killing helpless and beautiful creatures. Why is mankind so cruel and wasteful?

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Faithful Daughter. (Evi). Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. Man needs to change I fear for the future unless he does.

      Graham.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Your poem is well written and powerful, your poem brought a tear to my eye. Thank you. jamie

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi jamie. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment.

      Graham.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Aw, this was so sad. I love dolphins. Seen them dancing on the waves and they are such a lovely sight.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Rasma. Thank you for your visit. It is so sad but true I am afraid. One day perhaps man will learn.

      Graham.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Short and sweet old albion i guess everywhere is survival to the fittest yes. The fishermen just see $$$$$ when they are on the water, some don't care about endangering certain species so sad.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi LadyFidler. Thank you for your welcome visit and valued comments. I am afraid that man must change or the future is bleak in so many ways.

      Graham.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was a really sad. If man will only learn to recognize that dolphins, whales and many other intelligent beings that fall under the animal kingdom are like humans a consciousness specie. We have no right to harm or kill them.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, that would totally gut me if I saw that happen, I love Dolphins, your poem was amazing, and told the story behind the cruelty so well, nice one Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Nadine. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. I totally agree with your sentiments, will we ever learn?

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Nell. Thank you so much for your welcome visit and comments. I do appreciate them. Will we ever learn I wonder?.

      Graham.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      A poignant message.

      My "macho" brother, two years my junior, saw a mother partridge while walking in our 12-acre woods at the south side of our family farm. Several times he went back and would see the bird. Sometimes it would come remarkably close to him.

      Finally, on one forest walk, he found nothing but her feathers. Angry? I'll tell you!

      It just goes to show how deeply animals affect us.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Marie. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. Yes, I can imagine it was upsetting for your brother. Life can be so cruel at times.

      Best wishes.

      Graham.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      It is so sad that there are some people who have no kind regards for such life, such intelligent and beautiful life as the Dolphin. This is such a touching poem that teaches us the value of life with Nature's own. Thank you, Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Phyllis. Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. Will man ever learn?

      Graham.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      This is sad, but beautiful.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Barbara. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. I do appreciate them. I am glad you liked the hub.

      Graham.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Simple poem but very pithy and moving. I look forward to reading more of your verses and more.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Mel. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. I do appreciate them.

      There are several more verses/poems on my hub. Thanks again.

      Graham.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was a heart wrenching poem about the death of Jack the dolphin who used to swim freely in that bay. They are such sentient beings!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Peggy. Thank you again for your visit and comments. Yes, they are indeed such beautiful creatures and it seems so intelligent. Will we ever learn?

      Graham.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

      This brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully penned.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Dim. Thank for your visit and comments. The terrible thing is that it is the truth. Why? What for? There's always somebody I'm afraid.

      Graham.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well sir, I must conclude that you have a real gift. I felt the sense of loss, both for Jack and for the way of life that defined the bay before the boats came. Sadly, it is a reality in this world now. What a wonderful job of saying so much with so few words. I am impressed.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      H Linda. Thank you for your visit. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

      Graham.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautifully expressed and so true. It happens ever so often with other animals as well.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Rajan. Thanks for your visit and comments. Yes, life can be cruel at times.

      Graham.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautifully written, but sad.

      Thanks for sharing a sweet poem for such a bad way for a poor animal to end it's life.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Elsie. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments. Yes, man can be so cruel.

      Graham.

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      Ghaelach 2 years ago

      Morning Graham.

      I know I have commented some 14 months ago and find this still a great hub.

      But what I really want to say is that HP is really amazing, where after all this time our hubs are still getting visitors that are thrilled with having the chance to read yours and other fellow hubbers wonderful hubs.

      Hope that warm weather that you have at the moment, comes over to Dusseldorf and stays a while.

      Have a great week.

      Jimmy........................aka Ghaelach

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Morning Jimmy. Great to see you. Yes I agree it is good that hubs are available in the long term. Thanks for the nice comment. Well the weather is a little better here at present but not much. Like you we have been freezing for weeks. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      how evil are those hunters to use harpoon to shoot at these beautiful dolphins. It must have tried to escape but lost in the end.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi peachy. Yes man can be so very cruel. Thank you for your visit.

      Graham.

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      Norma Lawrence 10 months ago from California

      Beautiful poem. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for share.

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      Graham Lee 10 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Norma. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. I appreciate it.

      Graham.

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