Kaikoura’s Seal, Really Sea-lion Poem by ArmourQuill Hunter
From majestic shores I travelled far from LA, and visited across the vast sea-, ”
To Kaikoura’s enchanting place of NZ, where the air, there, is freshest to breath.
I watched 'waves of the sea-beat' against the shore; a sea lions was resting there.
I dove into the waters, swam to the rocks, and a few sea lions there just stared.
Thus as I worked my way towards one-, I had a “sudden sense of fear and danger-! ”
Logically, I knew I was trespassing on their property there; I was no royal ranger.
I swam back to shore; there I found a sea lion that I reasoned was now on my island.
Tourists taking photos, car-lengths away, as I carefully approached the sea lion.
One cried: “hey, they’re as fast-on-land as they are-at-sea; they’ll grind-you a-bit? ”
“No-, he doesn’t have teeth and he’s got puppy-dog-eyes.” Then I had to quit.
Carefully I approached, not taking my eyes off of him; nor did I shriek or sigh.
Strange, he didn’t charge me! I a foot away, looking deep into his eyes...
He looked at me, as if to say: “really, you can’t be AS DUMB AS YOU LOOK…! ”
Intently, I watched thinking: “well, you can’t be as dangerous AS THEY SAY-! ”
Yet cautiously I withdrew thinking: “he didn’t know how dangerous I was-! ”
Later realizing, I hadn’t known 'he was a sea-lion' or I wouldn’t have gotten close.
Part-2: Lion Tamer Reveals 'My Seal- A Lion-! '
Hostessing at Denny’s, a friend pulled me aside to meet her friendly guests.
“These are friends of mine wanting to talk to you of your great tale, at best.'
Thus I mosied on over and saw them a lovely kind, with a lion trainer friend.
Often I was encouraged to tell “my tale; ” for the smiles they would lend!
In Kaikoura was I-, “seals everywhere” so I just dove-in near the rock island.
There two were 'a matched-pair, ' but I got a danger-sign on the rocks so fine.
'Spite the gentle sea-breezes, and large beasts, I thought I’d go back on shore.
Soaking wet I warmed in the sun; there was one on my territory, but I’d not run.
Slowly 'eye to eye' we stared; then one called-out 'danger, ' but this was fun!
Beautiful seal (I thought) with your puppy-dog eyes; at which time, he did roar-!
I should've known the danger, for ones car-lengths away; I slowly leaped back,
Miraculously standing (eye-to-eye): after gliding backwards “I gave a sigh…”
Realizing “never a moment would be as this' for all time; I tell you no lie.
He looked at me, as if to say: “really, you can’t be AS DUMB AS YOU LOOK.”
Still my stared intense, thinking: “well, you can’t be as dangerous as they say! ”
MY GUESTS stunned, till a distinguished man spoke: “how big was that seal-? ”
“Oh-, ” I replied, “about a yard in length and height.' Lady, he began to reveal-,
I have worked with lions, of all kinds, you see; that wasn’t a seal- but a SEA LION! ”
“Well, had known that-, perhaps I would have been more afraid of dying.'
ArmourQuill Hunter's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Kaikoura’s Seal, Really Sea-lion by ArmourQuill Hunter )
Still I Rise
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Edgar Allan Poe
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936)
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892)
- Christina Georgina Rossetti