Beachhead —(Listen)


“The best evidence we have suggests that early Earth was completely covered by oceans…(but) to link two amino acids together to make a protein, you have to remove water.” And that would have been impossible if the amino acids were immersed in an ocean. Life needed some land—literally a beachhead—to get started.” —geobiologist, Joseph Kirschvink 

though landbound we were once
tiny ships, submarines,
we understand the sea,
it undulates within-around us
minds bob on timeswells,
are swept by winds that toss
and grind us

we’re not flawlessly designed,
have breaches in our hulls

we run perilously close
to rocky spits, each one adrift
looking for a beachhead,
longing for a place that’s still
while everything around us shifts

like Noah’s searching dove,
looking for a patch of earth
where seas are parted
where past is dead
where present sits
where luck and love
may be restarted

by Jim Culleny

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