What can you give to a man
who has given so much?

Certainly not compassion or commitment,
for these he has.

Certainly not courage, for this he has.

Certainly not dignity, for this he has.

Certainly not wisdom, for this he has.

Certainly not adventures, for these he has had.

If I could choose a gift for Captain Cousteau,
it would be a song of the oceans,

a song of the waves upon the shores,
of the birds, of the dolphins, of the stars.

The song would end by saying,
“We love you, Captain Cousteau,

your dream is also our dream,
your dream of preserving the earth and oceans,

your dream of fairness and decency,
your dream of beauty.”

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