25 September 2010

A haiku tribute to sea slugs and their discoverers

Professor Robin Gill is one of the great unsung heroes who have truly enriched the human existence. He cannot be compared with say Fred Sanger (the scientist who is without doubt the greatest living Briton - and the only living double Nobel laureate). That is like comparing a pineapple with a mango (both wonderful in their own way) but his mangnum opus Rise Ye Sea Slugs touches the heart and soul of anyone who owns a copy (or who has borrowed a copy or has just seen it on a bookshelf or on a coffee table)

Rise ye sea slugs is a collection of 1,000 haiku on the subject of the sea cucumber

It is in tribute to this great work and of course to Jeff Goddard that I give you this haiku

In tiny ocean

Sea slug lives peacefully

Brings joy to Goddard

Bah! my haiku are worse than my poems and not in a McGonagall or MacIntyre "so bad they're brilliant way"

Ah well, back to dirty limericks for me....


A Doubtful Egg said...

I may never read them, but the idea of 1,000 haiku on the subject of sea cucumbers warms the cockles of my heart...

jams o donnell said...

It is a joy to own a copy Egg. Try the Paraverse Press for more information