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”
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.
Today 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
Melville said to truly enjoy bodily warmth,
some part of you must be cold.
There is no quality in this world
that is not what it is without contrast.
Comfortable? Then, you’re not really comfortable anymore.
Inspiration via Moby Dick by Herman Melville Chapter 11: Nightgown
It was the Pequod that pursued Moby-Dick,
but in the end Melville wanted us
to remember that it was the Rachel,
searching again for her own missing children,
who came upon Ishmael – yet another orphan.