Friday, October 21, 2016

We are Whales



author's note:

With regret, I cut these two lines from the poem below:

"When I realize my true size
  I don't try to act so big"


WE ARE WHALES

The larger part
of human life
remains hidden
beneath the waves:

we are blue whales--
our secret language echoes
through vast expanses of ocean

so when I go below
I can hear you again
then feel you again--
you are not lost to me

and if I dare to go
even deeper down
I may hear the whole herd:

at such rare times
I am overwhelmed
by our whale song.



© 2016, Michael R. Patton
Listening to Silence: a book

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