Whales and the Cosmos

constellations-dipper

 

What if whales are singing the music of the spheres?

What if whales sing in the rhythms and tones of creation creating?

What if whale song brings forth new being?

 

What if whale song travels beyond earth’s bubble of air?

What if whale song reaches the stars?

What if whales sing to the stars?

What if the stars sing back?

 

– Harriet Ann Ellenberger, 15 December 2018

 

note: “Whales and the Cosmos” was inspired by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang’s most recent work in reconstructing the old mytho-history of East Asia, in which whales, stars and creation-through-sound play a large part (see her articles in Return to Mago E-zine). The wild-eyed questions in the poem are mine, but she was the muse.

Scientists are still not certain what purpose is served by the lengthy and extraordinarily complex songs of whales.

The image is from the blog “Cosmic Reflections” by David Oesper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whales Who Come to Tadoussac, Quebec

I remember you,
erotic poets of the sea,
surrounding the whale-watch boats,
singing.

Wind-burned,
in fog and in pain,
I sent up my silent calls to you:
O come,
O live,
O let me caress your mind.

Humans, who poisoned the waters
and set earth on fire,
you approach with song.

Teach me to do the same.

 

– Harriet Ann Ellenberger
30 July 1989, revised 4 February 2016

note: The earlier version of this poem was published in L’Évidente lesbienne, no. 17, février 1990, and in Ms. Magazine, July/August 1993.