Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine & knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping & chirping, & whales, which mew & caw in ultramarine jazz – a true rhapsody in blue – are hunted to the edge of silence.
So long, & thanks for all the fish.
the fourth book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy —Douglas Adams
one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea,
whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
Land and water are not really separate things,
but they are separate words, & we perceive through words.
—David Rains Wallace, The Untamed Garden and Other Personal Essays
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
—Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
in my dream the sea releases a flock of birds from the foam of the wave—
so much is possible in nature—
little distinction between reality & fantasy
water—soothing, refreshing, significant to the earth, significant to human life, significant to all life.
according to the water information program of colorado “the human body is more than 60 percent water. blood is 92 percent water, the brain & muscles are 75 percent water, & bones are about 22 percent water.”
once during a workshop, an instructor quoted a poet who inspired him. i am uncertain of the actual quote, but what i heard was “a pocket of water can save your life.” considering how precious water is,
i have continued to think about what that means. So…
when my sweet companion
is feeling cuddly
& i am wrapped in the long legs of his feline hug, i find myself in a pocket of water.
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