SARGASSO SEA: A Poem

SARGASSO SEA:  A Poem

From the Early Poems Collection circa early 70s

Seas of grasses and vines

Seas of births and deaths

Seas of youthful growing and mature aging

Seas of the Anguilla rostrata

and

Seas of the Anguilla

It’s the Sargasso Sea

Where the story of conception

birth

growth

maturity

aging

cessation occur daily

The Sargasso Sea:

a microcosm of life

a struggle for existence

the search for love

the discovery of hope

A portrait of man unseen experienced by creatures of the deep

who traverse the ocean in search of

identity

and

meaning

to the unexplained urges that compel them

to seek

their reality

their destiny

and

eventually their annihilation

in the seas of grasses and vines

The Sargasso Sea:

a mystery written as object lesson

to an inattentive

unappreciated subject…

G. D. Williams       © 2012

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American Museum of Natural History: Sargasso Sea

The Sargasso Sea is an area in the Atlantic Ocean covered with a thin layer of sargassum, a floating seaweed. The ocean currents that circle the North Atlantic form a ring around the Sargasso Sea, creating a nearly windless region covering roughly 5 million square kilometers (2 million square miles).

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/ocean/01_dioramas/e_sargasso.php

NOAA: Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea is a vast patch of ocean is named for a genus of free-floating seaweed called Sargassum. While there are many different types of algae found floating in the ocean all around world, the Sargasso Sea is unique in that it harbors species of sargassum that are ‘holopelagic’ — this means that the algae not only freely floats around the ocean, but it reproduces vegetatively on the high seas. Other seaweeds reproduce and begin life on the floor of the ocean.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/sargassosea.html

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