Beachhead —(Listen)


““The best evidence we have suggests that early Earth was completely covered by oceans…(but) if you 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.” —Tim Folger

though landbound
we were all once ships
we understand the sea
that undulates beneath us
we bob on swells of time
swept by winds that toss
and grind us

few think we’re
flawlessly designed
there are breaches
in our hulls
we come perilously close
to rocky spits
adrift, each one
looking for a beachhead
longing for a place that’s still
while everything around us shifts
(a patch of earth
by which seas are parted
where future, past and present sit,
where love and luck
may then be started)

by Jim Culleny


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