Grand Cayman 2007 poems from Kids Sea Camp
We’ve traveled here from far & wide,
To experience Grand Caymans underside.
The ocean here is ever so blue,
With turtles, eels & a shark or too.
It’s great to experience Kids Sea Camp again,
Everyone’s having fun & learning all they can.
Rogest brought his paints & canvas,
To bring out the artist in all of us.
We’d like to thank the staff & crew,
For making this week a dream come true.
Tomorrow we head out to Stingray City,
It’s our last dive this week & that’s a pity.
No worries, best wishes, it’s been great
We hope to see you’ll in 2008
I came to Cayman to have fun
All beneath the beautiful blue sun
To dive each day beneath the sea
The sharks, the rays, the fish & we
When I see all the colorful fish
To stay even longer is my wish
We set free a turtle named Dipper
#339 was the tag on his flipper
We hope we see him again someday
With him, we will swim & play
The days were long but filled with fun
We were tired & burned from the hot sun
Friends were made & fish we saw
Someday we hope to see them all
This poem is long & really bad
But we will always remember the fun we had
KEN ZIESEMER & HALEY
Our dreams come true…
To McKinna & Riley
To see the light that is in your eyes
When you emerge from the ocean blue.
There really should be no surprise
As we have felt it too.
For many years your Mom & I
Have known it to be true
Our love of the ocean is a gift passed on
From us to both of you.
Our hearts are full of love & pride
As we watch you grow & learn.
Our love of the ocean we can always share.
You make our dreams come true
From Mommy & Daddy
Diving is fun, diving is cool, but paint with Rogest & your wife will leave you!
This may seem extreme, & may seem bad,
but 2 hours of painting makes her not so mad!
Rogest is the man & volunteers his time, but keeping her from downtown shopping makes me a big fan! She comes back covered in paint & happy on her face,
Rogest shirt matches, but it must be a coincidence!
This must not be right, but $4,500 for her first painting…Who cares
Grand Cayman is fun as was Curacao the blast
Kids Sea Camp is #1, we’re here at last.
The kids are excited same as us,
6 months of planning everyday past is a plus.
We counted our days one by one
Till the day we arrived to begin our fun.
The kids can’t wait to get in the water,
But little they knew I threw in my daughter.
The Sasy’s, the Teens & even the Seals
Have the biggest smiles from head to heels,
A week of fun they will never forget
& I hope next year will be better yet.
Almost time to go home but no long faces
Because thanks to Margo, we can visit new places.
You’ll find us at the Cobalt Coast,
Arie is your gracious host.
This pretty resort sits on Cayman’s northern tip-
The destination of our summer trip.
Dive Tech is our pro dive shop,
A small & very well run shop.
Nancy & Eleanor, Steve, Lee & Josh:
The staff are just great, it’s really quite posh!
The dives we take are cool, blue & gorgeous,
We all want to see who can I.D. more fish!
Hepp’s Wall, Round Rock, Doc Polsun, Chain Reef-
We dove each of these & hated to leave!
Who saw a ray, a lobster, a shark?
Dipper the turtle no more at the park….
Tiny gobies, so bright, Rock beauties & more,
We try to I.D. them back at the shore!
Whose computer is noisy, whose weight belt fell off?
Whose rebreather sounds like a Star Trek take off?
Rotten Ronnie is such fun,
He rants & raves,
& generally misbehaves.
But we love him for his eccentric ways.
But always pleases.
Dot by dot, day by day,
He starts each day a lovely way.
There once was a man named Rogest,
Who everyone thought was a pest.
He taught all the tots,
How drawing with dots,
Might help them to become all the best!
ODE TO MY DAUGHTER
My daughter is just like me,
She loves to go diving under the sea.
Ocean encounters are so much fun,
Underneath the big, big sun!
Fish & fish galore
Swimming above the ocean floor.
Things to do & things to see,
It’s a fishy world around me.
I see dolphins in the ocean,
Putting on some sun-tan lotion!
Fish always seem to be a school
Swimming in a great big, blue pool.
Sunlight filtered through the water
Where, oh where is my daughter?
Suddenly I see my daughter,
Getting her C-card & graduating underwater!
Now we have a new Sylvia Earle
To explore & find the ocean’s pearls!
BY THE SEA KIDS VERSION POEM #2
By the sea, by the beautiful sea.
I’ve come here to see what’s under the sea.
Of turtles & lobsters & undersea urchins,
To tarpon & tuna, we just keep on search’in
We dove in the morning, we dove twice a day
We dove so much, we even saw a ray
We dove with our buddies & all our friends too
We had so much fun, how I wish I brought you!
We hope to return one day to this beautiful place.
A place to preserve & to share with the whole human race.
JOE ABAD SANTOS
DOTS DOTS & THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Dots, dots & the deep blue sea
Turtles released so they can swim free
Watching crabs crawl
Diving deep on the wall
Watching kids take their first breath
Getting ready to dive in the depth
Diving at night
Pitch black, no light
Colors of coral seen
Makes your senses keen
Artists are budding young & old
Maybe some paintings will be sold
Spending a lot of time outside
Taking a submarine ride
Making many a new friend
With letters & e-mails to send
Dots, dots & the deep blue sea
Kids Sea Camp is the place to be!!!!
Hustle & bustle of busy lives left behind
Water & silence envelops me as I drop slowly & calmly into the sea
I greet the busy sea creatures inhabiting the coral tops
Little cities of color, darting about, oblivious to my visit.
Morning coffee-black brew
Hurry to eat too early
Gear checks-octopus, BC, fins
Cool blanket surround
Porgy, grunt, dog snapper, schoolmaster, angelfish
Tarpon, stingray, turtle
5 at 15
Dock, lunch, heat, Caybrew
Saphira swims in the deep blue sea.
She wishes for a pair of knees
& then that night she finds a coin
She dropped that coin & it went bong
& then she got her knees & then she goes to sea
We’re on the run
Memories are faint
Of poetry & paint
Years have passed
Since I dove last
But we are blessed
For his recreation
Bring us here
To waters clear
With happy glow
I watch him grow
He wants his space
I find my place
Now its me
My time is free
Poetry & art
Even I take part
Rested then energized
Life is revitalized
People I meet
Make evenings complete
I get the urge & dive
Old passions thrive
The Precious Sea
The sea, the precious sea
With lobsters, crabs, coral, fish, turtles, jellyfish, stingrays, & sea urchins
In the wonderful sea that you can see.
ANNA ABAD SANTOS 7 years old
Ruby the Shark
Ruby swam in the deep blue sea
All alone without company
She wished & prayed for a pair of feet
That would take her out & set her free
To walk & run amongst the woods & trees
Cobalt Coast is the best
Dive Tech & crew do the rest
Kids have fun all day long-
With Kids Sea Camp you can’t go wrong
Tiny specs of color
Under the guidance of the artist
Working together they take shape
Oh what a beautiful picture they make
You & I
We are the dots
Every one counts
The artwork would not be complete without us.
LINDA K DARNELL
At the opening supper, Rogest
Came across as quite a pest,
With his British accent
He came & he went
So we entered his silly contest.
ODE TO MARGO
our introduction to KSC was Curacao
So our expectations were quite high that you know
We arrived in the Caymans form the North cold & white skinned
After 1 day cold had turned to heat & white to pink
& what do we have to say about KSC
Well Margo Steve & Zelda kudos to you
Cause Marie Eves’s eyes are even more blue.
So it has to end, like all good things must
But to future destinations we look to with trust
Roatan, Fiji Or Curacao, we don’t yet know
But rest assured we are good to go:
MARIE-EVE, ELIZABETH & JEAN-PIERRE
We came to Cayman just a short week ago,
Now sadly it’s time to pick up & go.
We dived the great walls & swam with the rays
We ate, we drank, & partied for days.
Sea Camp is about kids, it’s about scuba no doubt
But building character & forming great friendships, is what it’s most about.
There’s Bruce & his wife, such a handsome pair
She darns pink swim, while he dives with “great flare”
Bob & Holly, they make an odd pair
They dive, they play, & the wife doesn’t care!!
& then there’s our French pair, she takes care of the kids
While he serves tea in a speedo, which we hope never tears!
Elizabeth & JP, the boys from Jersey’s favorite pair
Who rev up their scooters & scare all the fish on that reef way out there.
Dive tech & Javin provided great care, but to those who come after please heed our advice, if you seek out a night dive of Javin beware!!!!
And so as we all pack our gear & prepare to depart
Lets not forget the person who brought this about
Lets give a cheer & a great big scuba hug
MARGO we all thank-you from the bottom of our hearts