No Man’s land

Sail we said
On the saddest sea
Complete the journey
And circumnavigate thee

The tui sang its last lament
As it flew towards our sub
We opened the hatch, we let it in
Soon it was our favourite pet

Many days and many nights
The path we took was long,
A seahorse here, a seahorse there
We studied long and hard

Submerged we saw an ancient land
We pulled up firm and close
Riding the waves we landed on a beach
With pristine surf and glass like sand

The tui flew off, we know not where
The flax plants were abuzz with sound
And we saw horses now
Above ground

Happy songs the birds did sing
Our telescope showed us many good things
To fill our bellies fresh and ripe
And a wildebeest was a welcome sight

A grizzly bear was present
With two pups in tow
Looking up at the mountains
But there was no snow

No footprints in the sand
No sign in the dust
No paths we could trust
No humans – we'd come to no man’s land

How plentiful the ocean
How crystal clear the water
Every colour of blue
Called back at you

Abundant life like we'd never seen
A gift of love
From the heavens above
Time well spent there or so it seemed

Many months we stayed in that bay
Collecting data
And gathering prey
We measured and drew a thousand pictures

Our research complete
The time drew near
And we all began
To feel dread and fear

We’d stayed on that island
For nearly a year
And now we were
Really hoping for a prayer

But our vessel was primed
Ready to go
Some of us had families
New ones to show

We boarded that vessel
On a magnificent day
The sea was calm
The wind had dropped

Our sub well-oiled
Spilled not a drop
Mixed feelings we felt
We'd all rather not.

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