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Father of the Silent World
by Hillol Ray
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  At the turn of 20th century, Mother Nature was crying
To protect her "children" while the tears were drying !
'Cause dumping in oceans and chemicals in air began to kill,
The bounties of nature and the silent seas that sent the chill !
Mother was desperate and praying for solution
To stop such torture from all types of pollution !
All of a sudden, the kind Lord filled her prayer through a very close friend
By sending Jacques-Yves Cousteau, as a Savior on earth, to set new trend !
Born in Paris, with a true love for the Mother Nature and the sea
Jacques was the "Man" who opened our minds with special key !
Through the years and throughout the world, he had to swim
To preach: cruelty to nature is nothing but a man-made whim !
Today our beloved Jacques is in the heaven but the legacy lives on
And reminds his passions for nature and sea, from dusk until dawn !

Hello, Jacques, please accept our deepest love and respect,
Your absence today is so unbelievable and really heartfelt !
The marine explorers will always keep 'Special Spot' for you,
'Cause your creations are immortal and draw the global view !
You achieved your spot through long debates and enormous tolls
And they are still so vivid, around the world, in everyone's souls !
Via untiring effort, you taught us to protect Mother Nature and the sea,
While opening the doors to our environments with your "magic" key !
We know, you have brought the "world under the sea" for millions to view
From the rocky deserts to the ageless grass, covered with the morning dew !
Your zest for silent seas won global debates on behalf of the seas and nature
So the dolphins, oysters and coral reefs are alive today, to display caricature !
Since the early 50's, your research vessel 'Calypso' stirred up the hearts of all,
And sea lovers throughout the world remember you always without your call !
Your "Shows" of the undersea worlds were didactic and entertaining as well
To the viewers of all televisions, about creatures in the sea where they dwell !
Aqua-lung, the brainchild of yours is still playing happily around all nations
Better known as "Scuba", it is widely used globally, in marine explorations !
You struggled to protect marine lives and prevent pollution in the air
To make the world a better place for all generation and safe to share !

From us, today, Jacques, you are wondering freely very far away
But offering us lesson while keeping your sea-loving mind at bay !
Your strength and the struggle for nature are felt everywhere
Around the globe, in oceans, in soil, and in open atmosphere !
Jacques, be assured that "The Silent World" will be here at all the time,
To direct us in missions under the sea and even when the winds chime !

Today, we float our broken mind immersed in dew moistened tear
And display our deep affections for you, Jacques, without any fear !
We will continue on your untiring efforts with blindfolded eye,
Without any set back or hesitation, and uncompromised vie !
Remember, our hearts do cry alone in the daylight and darkness,
But vividly remember your tender love with the natural harness !
The Cousteau Society has neatly placed your immortal name on the concrete stone,
And the world is really blessed with each and every touch of your intriguing bone !

So before conclusion we love to say this,
Although we know it's very true as it is
You traveled all the oceans around the world for over forty years
And removed the agonies of all sea creatures by wiping their tears !
Your talents and innovations stunningly span around the earth,
Although the Bordeaux in France was the place of your birth !
Jacques, you were the "Citizen of the World", and not only a French,
So your absence will be surely missed and cause our eyes to drench !
But forever, you will shine like a viable Father of The Silent World under the sea,
While our lonely hearts will lit up to say, "Au revoir, Jacques. We love thee" !!!

June 11 ,2002
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