THREE POEMS by Penny Harter

Squid, Seals, and Whale Heat.
Check out threse three poems by Penny Harter, along with an archive of brilliant work from Annie finch, Sheryl St. Germain, Carly Sachs, Nicole cooley, Barbara Henning, Monique Wentzel, Martha Serpas and plenty more, over at Poets for Living Waters.

Poets for Living Waters


The Hawaiian bobtail squid
forages in the night surf
while waves of moonlight, of starlight
fall like sediment into the sea.

Its globular eyes pulse green;
its spotted body glows
orange, brown and blue.

Smaller than my thumb,
it is a galaxy, an organ
of light inhabited by millions
of luminescent bacteria.

In the abyss beneath these squid
other nocturnal predators prowl;
yet they can not see the bobtails
whose bacteria protect them, shining
in the wavelength of the stars
and of the moon.

What have we learned
to do for the Earth
that means as much?


On this continent time is a whiteout
waxing and waning with the ice
that doubles in each six month night.

Snow of a million years,
snow falling upon snow
fills the valleys,
caps the mountains.

Empty as the moon,
silent as the wind,
this is a land of hostile cliffs,

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