Lynne GoldsmithFrom Underwater Lying with Shores
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From Underwater Lying with Shores
By Lynne Goldsmith

Eyes, tissues, ears, brains
blasted out blood’s instant

the military sonar
and air gun drilling

search for gas and oil
(underwater rocket sounds)
in seismic bursts

diverting marine life dive patterns,
creating behavioral change
to become sea’s regurgitant

in the losses of whale—
Blue, Bowhead, Minke,
Fin, Humpback—

their once chorus of sounds
could be for hours on end
playing out in chirps, cries, pulses,
clicks, groans, trills, whistles

churning the losses
into seas of silences’
last forty years

            half of marine life
            now extinct.

©Lynne Goldsmith, 2019

beached Pilot Whales
Image from 120413-Wikimedia Commons

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