(Also, WordPress really is rubbish at formatting paragraphs, isn’t it?)
As I stood and watched the turtle
Slide past me, little legs flapping
Safe in its aquarium home,
Unlike all its brothers out at sea
I wondered if the way to save them
Is to give them a use of some sort.
Paint Coca-Cola logos on their shells
And claim them for the corporations.
That way you’d be a thief if you
Caught and cooked them up for soup,
And their waters could be protected
Because their backs were copyrighted.
Plus think of the free advertising
Logos on a half-shell, turtle power!
So much potential on the high seas
Where billboards would just go soggy.
They could do the same for dolphins:
Have oceans full of Adidas porpoises
With lawyers poised to sue fishermen
For messing with their brand.
Sperm whales could sell condoms
Giant Durex logos on their tails.
Portugese men’o’war sponsored by
Rowntrees jelly, just because that’s funny.
I don’t think this could happen though.
There are too many nets to kill dolphins
And plastic bags to choke turtles
And the paint would soon wash off.