Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Valerie J

Valerie J is peeking through the rails, grounded at dock - not a common situation for a lobster boat.

"Valerie J"
Tides are the masters
That say where to go
And how to return -
We heed high and low.

Highs and lows
Of tidal flows.

Weather is mistress
 Dictating speed -
How soon for home
As storms we heed.

Storms to weather-
Weather together.
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Education Volume:
V-Notch -
V-tail or V-notched = A notch in the flipper to the right of the center flipper.  If a berried female (remember that means she has eggs under her tail) without a notched tail is caught, the lobsterman cuts a notch cut in her tail and releases her. If a lobsterman catches a female with a notched tail, he must release her; as it means she is a breeding female. After a few molts, notches grow out and the lobster is a legal catch (unless she has eggs again of course).

22 comments:

  1. Great thoughts. I hope to find good friends to weather any coming storms. Learning lots about lobsters and Maine as well. Will be back.

    Mary from
    http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! Hope to see you again!

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    1. Different pace - I think I do too.

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  3. Storms to weather/ weather together...
    I LOVED that.

    Sania at Embracing Dawn

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    1. Thanks, Sania!
      I made a quick trip over to your space, too!

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  4. I like the pace and feel of this poem....we heed hight and low. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! It does have a wave kind of flow.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! Hope to see you again for W, X, Y and Z!

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  6. Shared experiences and support from others keep us stronger.

    Lee
    Blogging from A to Z
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  7. wow that's really cool about the eggs, i had no idea!

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    1. It's a way to insure that we continue to have lobsters. It isn't done everywhere.

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  8. Great poem! I wondered when I saw 'Mainely' if it would be about Maine! I have only ever read about Maine - it seems quite a few novels are set there ...
    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

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    1. Thanks, Susan! You are right about the novels - quite a few have their settings here. "Message in a Bottle" was filmed here not too far from where I live. Caused quite a stir...saw the cast at the local bowling alley when I was there.

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  9. I love Maine -- went to a destination wedding there, so beautiful. We have an amazing country which we do not always appreciate!

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    1. Whenever we travel to other states we are amazed at all the beautiful places we have available to us in this country! I don't think we always know what we have.

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  10. Really like that poem. Made me smile, I even clicked on the picture to enlarge it to see her better. Very nice! A-Z

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! The pictures are pretty small to save space on Blogger. I'm not sure how close I am to the limit after 2 1/2 years of posting, but I want to maximize my opportunity! Hope you come back for W, X, Y and Z!

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  11. Beautifully done, Donna. I like the style of your poem this time, says a lot in just a few words.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Trying out new stuff.

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