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Poetry Friday and Scientists Geeking Out

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It’s Poetry Friday! The gorgeous and talented Robyn is hosting this week at Life on the Deckle Edge.

On Wednesday, I fell prey to the social media lure: “Research vessel has ‘extremely rare’ encounter off Louisiana coast.”

I’ll confess. I was hoping for a giant squid like my Odyssey.

But what a group of scientists operating a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) encountered was a rather large sperm whale. And they all proceeded to get giddy with delight on live camera. Their awe and wonder is a beautiful moment in this jaded world of ours.

For more info. visit the website.

In honor of this unexpected interaction, a short poem.



by Keri Collins Lewis


An ROV named Hercules

sleuthed the secrets of the seas.

He motored through the dark and dim,

when suddenly — Something spotted him.


This gentle giant circled ‘round

to study the oddest fish he’d found

on his trek in search of tales

to share with all the other whales.


Prehistoric and modern eyes

watched each other, checked out size,

then slowly, with a sense of wonder,

the whale left Hercules to dive down under.