One Insular Tahiti

The subtle sea, azure glass without light,

hides the dark, cannibalizing creatures preying eternally

upon each other – and the green earth,

also a battleground, but for some islands,

insular, with a soul of pure light.


Inspired by a passage in Melville’s Moby-Dick: “so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti”

White Whale

This morning, after a blue moon dream,

still floating in sleepy South Pacific waves

that cradled me to sleep and then

left me adrift and fearing the deep –

a white whale that ends your world.


 

362202-herman-melvilleToday is the birthday of  the novelist and poet Herman Melville, born in New York City in 1819.

When he died of a heart attack at the age of 72, his obituary in the local New York Times was just four lines.

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville