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.” —geobiologist, Joseph Kirschvink 

Though landbound
we were once tiny ships.
We understand the sea,
it undulates within-around us.
Minds that bob on swells of time
are swept by winds that toss
and grind us

We are not
flawlessly designed.
There are 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 dove,
looking for patch of earth
by which seas are parted,
where past is dead and present sits,
where luck and love
may now be started.

by Jim Culleny


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