CETACEAN SOUL SEARCH

CETACEAN SOUL SEARCH

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When a whale looks you in the eye,

it’s to communicate and learn –

species to species.

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A whale’s eye is a picture window to its soul –

a panoramic view of kind receptiveness

deeper than,

by comparison,

our tiny brains.

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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.

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Dumb animals that we are,

we only grasp bits, laboriously,

but a whale’s eye shows the patience of the sea.

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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.

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published by Prometheus Unbound, 2019

© 2020 by Prometheus Dreaming

 

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