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The Idea of Land

February 15, 2013 by · No comments

Jeremy Paden

Jeremy Paden
Photo: briandeadly

Do whales beach themselves because
the idea of land is a gene-memory
tucked away in every cell? Driven mad

by the scent of lavender and verbena,
do they swim up on land hoping to find
that sad garden? Are their songs a recitation

of the love suicide of their original pair,
who threw themselves into the sea
but rather than die were changed by water?

Are their long migrations a search
for that cliff, that rocky shore?

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