CETACEAN SOUL SEARCH
When a whale looks you in the eye,
it’s to communicate and learn –
species to species.
A whale’s eye is a picture window to its soul –
a panoramic view of kind receptiveness
our tiny brains.
It’s not just the size differential that tells you
you are small enough to be pet or prey
to this gentle giant (summersaulting, sure,
with a weightless astronaut’s slow grace –
far more at ease than you, in its element),
it’s the emotional presence conveyed.
Looking a whale in the eye is transformative.
Dumb animals that we are,
we only grasp bits, laboriously,
but a whale’s eye shows the patience of the sea.
If you should look into a whale’s eye, smile
and represent the best humans can be,
grateful to find alien intelligence
already here, and friendly in intent.
published by Prometheus Unbound, 2019
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