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
the wind brushes against my body & i am aware.
the wind brings the smell of water, the ivy, the trees, the dirt.
in it i can hear the birds, the leaves, the dogs barking in the distance.
it is cool. it is forceful. it is soft.
it is not petty or false.
if you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going & coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, & through space heaven knows how fast and far!
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