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To the sea, to the sea!  The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
- JRR Tolkien

Requirements for Poems

Write a poem to focus people's attention on a topic so that they don't forget it.  Like a popular song, its words play back in the mind of the reader, helping him or her to think more about an issue and remember important points. 

Writing poems is easy but, before you begin, read up thoroughly on the topic that you plan to write about.  During this pre-writing research phase, make a list of some important facts or theories that you might want to mention in the poem.  By including such information in your poem, you will increase its educational value.  During the writing of the poem, you may find it helpful to consult a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary (see www.rhymezone.com).

Poems published on ECOLOGY.INFO must fulfill the following requirements:

1.  Words at the end of lines must rhyme.

2.  The poem must have something to do with a topic in ecology, such as interactions among organisms, interactions between organisms and their environment, the distribution of organisms, the abundance of organisms, conservation biology, restoration of habitats, environmental problems, stewardship of the environment, ecological field research, evolution or science in general. 

3.  Facts mentioned in the poem must be correct. 

4.  Poems published elsewhere before the year 2005 can be republished on this website.  Otherwise, we will publish only never-before-published poems.

5.  In contrast to the requirements for writing reviews, there is no requirement that the poet have a Ph.D.  However, we advise poets without formal training in ecology to be sure to read up on the topic of their poem before they begin writing.

6.  Submit poems to:  director {a} ecology.info

Note: When writing poems for children, use simpler words and much rhythm and rhyme.  See example.

Photograph:  "Hermosa Beach Seagulls" by Chris Holland (USA).  The two lines by Tolkien are from a poem in The Lord of the Rings.

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