Loke Kok yee


In A Mangrove Swamp - Poem by Loke Kok yee

From the river mouth in a little boat
I rowed up on a hot and humid day
Tide's on the ebb and I'm barely afloat
And I hastened as I went on my way

In the mangrove swamp and there I'll be
In quiet peace while nature went on display
The water's low as it ran to the sea
Leaving only mud and leaves in decay

The waterline starts as roots decline
And the bank was a sea of slimy mud
On cue the creatures of the mud and brine
Promptly emerged in a bustling flood

The mud skipper flashed his dorsal fin
As he strutted and skipped through the mire
His aim I think must be a mate to win
And he will fight to mark out his empire

This little crab with an enlarged claw
A fiddler crab is what he is called
He will wave it high for all to adore
Seen by other males it'll end in a brawl

Then came the slimy things the worms and snails
Drawing complex lines on the muddy bank
Foraging for food they'll carve a clear trail
But with the next tide all will be blank

A heron on one leg in the shallows stood
Hoping that a fish will stray his way
His ominous shadow cast a dark hood
And it frightened all the fishes away

The hungry macaques then came a calling
Nimbly leaping they moved from tree to tree
In a blink all creatures went a hiding
Except for the crawlies who couldn't flee

The fireflies I saw had started blinking
It was dusk and soon it will turn to night
With reluctance I set for home thinking
I'll be back again when the tide runs right

Topic(s) of this poem: nature


Comments about In A Mangrove Swamp by Loke Kok yee

  • Bri Edwards (7/26/2016 1:38:00 PM)


    And I hasten as I went on my way...............maybe hastened to use uniform verb tenses ;) ? (and a few other places, but it's ok.)

    more-enjoyed lines (among others) :

    He will wave it high for all to adore,
    Seen by other males it'll end in a brawl. ............. a crawl brawl?

    'bank/blank'.........nice .................reminds me of my bank account!

    The hungry macaques they came a calling,
    Leaping nimbly they moved from tree to tree.
    In a blink all creatures went a hiding, .............hiding from the macaques? do they eat animals? i wouldn't know, or at least i don't know.

    a fine excursion you have taken us on. any 'bug bites'?

    bri ;)

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    Loke Kok Yee (7/27/2016 9:05:00 AM)

    thanks bri, i will make some corrections!

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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/5/2015 5:16:00 AM)


    The fireflies I saw have started blinking,
    it is dusk and soon it will turn to night.
    With reluctance I set for home thinking,
    I’ll be back again when the tide runs right.
    Simply beautiful.............................10
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  • Melvina Germain (10/10/2015 5:05:00 PM)


    I sat still and enjoyed all of this incredible imagery and what a beautiful story to feast upon...Loved it..... (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/23/2015 1:09:00 AM)


    This is one of your loveliest poems! Your trip into the Mangrove swamp and the bustling life seen around have found rightful place in your poem! I had read this poem before and had posted a comment! I wonder why it failed to reach you! Most of the images are so alive from herons to worms and snails!

    Then came the slimy things the worms and snails,
    drawing complex lines on the muddy bank.
    Foraging for food they’ll carve a clear trail,
    but with the next tide all will be blank....................... Beautiful lines showing close observation! Perfect rhyming and smooth flow! A ten!
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, February 17, 2017


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