An underwater realm, your home 
Amazing beauty and life abound 
With gills instead of lungs 
And scales instead of skin 
We dismiss you suffering 
For to us your form is so foreign 

As nets rape the ocean floor 
Catching anything in their path 
The unwanted and unlucky dead 
Tossed back as lifeless trash 

As they are dragged on deck 
Could it be they're drowning in air 
With no voice for us to hear 
And no way to show their fear 

Oceans filled with plastic debris 
Toxic dumping ground for humanity 
Up the chain of life they choke 
and die on our garbage. We pull them 
from their world with only us in mind 

When will we learn that we are not 
the only ones who live here? 
Is it too late to change our fate 
as we empty the waters? 

Drowning in air