Archive for August, 2013

Hold, King Neptune

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Hold, King Neptune

Hold, King Neptune

Hold, King Neptune
Great King Neptune, stay thy sword
Smite us not, thou briny lord
Give us but a cause to fear
Fair warning that the end draws near

Blue Poseidon hold thy Trident
There’s no call to be so strident
Long the years have passed since when
Your maelstrom was unleashed on men

Not all people share the blame
for Turtles in the Gulf aflame
Many know as well as you
Of Fukushima’s toxic brew

Father Ocean, please be kind
some were young when stricken blind
Born with no love in their hearts
evolving slow, in fits and starts

Not all men deserve your wrath
Reverent always of your bath
Lash your swells both taut and deep
Reserve Hell’s judgement lest good men weep

jr

The Nudibranch Train

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The Nudibranch Train

The Nudibranch Train

‘All aboard!’ came the pullman porter’s refrain
so we all climbed aboard on the Nudibranch Train
Sloshing his feet, he slid down the aisle
collected our tickets and left with a smile

And so it began in a warm summer rain
A curious trek on the Nudibranch Train
which took us from somewhere, I won’t be specific
Eventually plunged us into the Pacific

The colors were stellar on every box car
(Nudibranchs wear the couture of a star)
Hues made of blue, lemon-lime, red and mango
Nudibranchs look like a visual tango

Even the rainbows turn green with envy
A kaleidoscope knows that he’s been beaten when he
encounters a Nudibranch riding the currents
Fluorescent with pinstripes, and black light deterrents

As goes the engine, so goes the caboose
They covered the spectrum from pink to chartreuse
One car was striped red and white candy cane
What’s not to like on the Nudibranch Train?

Back at the station, a shark and cetacean
awaited the train with a friendly crustacean
out to console a poor butterflies soul
who used to be Monarch (now Nudibranch’s role)

‘Woodside! Callabassas!’ the Porter did shout
And slow as molassass, the Jellyfish got out
They always paid less, and were loved for chatoyancy
Though sometimes, without them, it helped with the bouyancy

Transporting us wasn’t too hard for these gents
But we lost all our luggage in geotherm vents
Topside, the storm raged in circular motion
But it wasn’t a factor this deep in the ocean

Finally arriving at Marrianna’s Trench
I helped them switch tracks with a barnacled wrench
Cuttlefish cuddled and Octopus cried
while mermaids and conch shells waited outside

Some said hello, some said their farewells
Some twirled antennae, and vibrated shells
Next thing you know we zoomed off again
Another adventure on the Nudibranch Train!

jr

Roses and Prayers

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Roses and Prayers

With roses and prayers, let abundance increase
said the good Brother Michael on a mission of peace
Ribbon Eels, Nudibranchs, Jellyfish strings
These are among the most beautiful things

Whale spouts cascading, migrations parading
A sailors return to a lover there waiting
Bubbles from deep, where the sea chose to keep
an anonymous wreck, hold still laden with teak

Depth without measure, oft laden with treasure
where divers seek danger and mermaids seek pleasure
Unbridled seahorses ridden by none
exposing the handle of Blue Beard’s own gun

So many secrets are kept by the sea
and we are the keepers of antiquity
Keepers of life, keepers of gold
And both may ye find there in that cargo hold!

jr

(sign our petition against Navy Sonar please):

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-navy-call-off.fb29?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=5824444

Thank you Brother Michael J Phillips for your part in our Thank You Whales ceremony Saturday in Avila! I am sure the good will you worked to create will keep bringing about miracles like this one below, news from our good friends at OCEANA:

‘We have some big news on seismic airgun testing this week! Thanks to the spirited debate brought on by activists like you, the Department of the Interior announced a six-month delay on their seismic airgun decision. This means we’ll see no seismic airgun blasts in the Atlantic this year and have more opportunities to convince them to make the right choice and halt testing for good’.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/noise-from-seismic-air-guns-could-be-skirmish-before-war-over-offshore-drilling/2013/08/18/1d4559dc-05d2-11e3-88d6-d5795fab4637_story.html

With love and respect,

joey racano

Photo: Diane Smith of Brother Michael

Brother Michael's Ceremony

Brother Michael’s Ceremony

Oriana of the Sea

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Oriana of the Sea

Oriana, Ocean Defender
Ocean wounded, you defend her
Pretty Mermaid dressed in spoils
plastic bags and aluminum foils
Lovely siren from the sea
Chant your music, set me free
Oriana Kalama, she of tales
Thanks for helping ‘Thank You Whales’!

jr

(sign our petition against Navy Sonar please):

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-navy-call-off.fb29?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=5824444

Our Second Annual Thank You Whales

As the sun set on Old Port Beach in Avila, the whales off the California coast knew some peace, as their land-locked brothers and sisters sent love wafting to sea.

Although the ocean and whales face dire threats, we know that the power of love conquers all power. Wildly diverse people gathered, joined hands, and absorbed a reverent sunset prayer under the beauty and guidance of holy men from different cultures. Thank you Fred Collins for your amazing words, that fell softer than the glowing fire and shone twice as bright, and Thank you, Brother Michael, for depositing our compassion -via pastel-colored rose buds- into the surf. I am sure they drifted out to where the leviathan sleeps, calming him, protecting him.

On behalf of everyone involved, Thank You Whales!’

Photos can be seen at www.oceanoutfallgroup.com

watch us on the news:

http://www.ksby.com/player/?video_id=26887

love and respect,

joey racano

photo: Oriana on the whale by Diane Smith

www.oceanoutfallgroup.com www.joeysingstheblues.com

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Princess Oriana rides the whale of peace in Avila

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