February 28, 2014

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February 28, 2014

The Barnacle and the Gray Whale

by Cecilia Llompart   
 
 
Said the Barnacle,

 

You enchant me, with your carnival

of force.

 

Yours is a system of slow.

 

There is you, the pulley

and there is you, the weight.

 

Your eyes wide on a hymn.

 

Your deep song like the turn

of that first,

 

that earliest of wheels.

 

 

Said the Whale,

 

I have seen you, little encruster,

in that business of fouling the ships.

 

Known, little drum machine, you

to tease out food from the drink.

 

Little thimble of chalk and hard water.

 

You could be a callus of whiter skin.

 

You could be a knucklebone. You

who hang on me,

 

like a conscience.

 



 

Copyright © 2014 by Cecilia Llompart. Used with permission of the author.

About This Poem 

"This poem is the first in a series I wrote as coping mechanism during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. What I thought would be downright angry poems turned out more dreamy, more fable-esque: dialogues between marine animals contemplating their vast and ancient world. It's a meditation on biological and spiritual interconnectedness, on a world less touched by man, and--in it's own way--also on deep love for all life."

 

--Cecilia Llompart

Most Recent Book by Llompart






The Wingless 

(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem-A-Day
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Cecilia Llompart is the author of The Wingless (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014). She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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February 28, 2014

The Barnacle and the Gray Whale

by Cecilia Llompart   
 
 
Said the Barnacle,

 

You enchant me, with your carnival

of force.

 

Yours is a system of slow.

 

There is you, the pulley

and there is you, the weight.

 

Your eyes wide on a hymn.

 

Your deep song like the turn

of that first,

 

that earliest of wheels.

 

 

Said the Whale,

 

I have seen you, little encruster,

in that business of fouling the ships.

 

Known, little drum machine, you

to tease out food from the drink.

 

Little thimble of chalk and hard water.

 

You could be a callus of whiter skin.

 

You could be a knucklebone. You

who hang on me,

 

like a conscience.

 



 

Copyright © 2014 by Cecilia Llompart. Used with permission of the author.

About This Poem 

"This poem is the first in a series I wrote as coping mechanism during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. What I thought would be downright angry poems turned out more dreamy, more fable-esque: dialogues between marine animals contemplating their vast and ancient world. It's a meditation on biological and spiritual interconnectedness, on a world less touched by man, and--in it's own way--also on deep love for all life."

 

--Cecilia Llompart

Most Recent Book by Llompart






The Wingless 

(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem-A-Day
Launched during National Poetry Month in 2006, Poem-A-Day features new and previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets on weekdays and classic poems on weekends. Browse the Poem-A-Day Archive.  
 

Cecilia Llompart is the author of The Wingless (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014). She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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February 28, 2014

The Barnacle and the Gray Whale

by Cecilia Llompart   
 
 
Said the Barnacle,

 

You enchant me, with your carnival

of force.

 

Yours is a system of slow.

 

There is you, the pulley

and there is you, the weight.

 

Your eyes wide on a hymn.

 

Your deep song like the turn

of that first,

 

that earliest of wheels.

 

 

Said the Whale,

 

I have seen you, little encruster,

in that business of fouling the ships.

 

Known, little drum machine, you

to tease out food from the drink.

 

Little thimble of chalk and hard water.

 

You could be a callus of whiter skin.

 

You could be a knucklebone. You

who hang on me,

 

like a conscience.

 



 

Copyright © 2014 by Cecilia Llompart. Used with permission of the author.

About This Poem 

"This poem is the first in a series I wrote as coping mechanism during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. What I thought would be downright angry poems turned out more dreamy, more fable-esque: dialogues between marine animals contemplating their vast and ancient world. It's a meditation on biological and spiritual interconnectedness, on a world less touched by man, and--in it's own way--also on deep love for all life."

 

--Cecilia Llompart

Most Recent Book by Llompart






The Wingless 

(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem-A-Day
Launched during National Poetry Month in 2006, Poem-A-Day features new and previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets on weekdays and classic poems on weekends. Browse the Poem-A-Day Archive.  
 

Cecilia Llompart is the author of The Wingless (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014). She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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