Seaweed fronds swept back and forth like waves flushing the aorta.
We chased herring, a thousand shimmers of silver, when Mother taught me to swim.
She weaved in and out of the water and nudged me to surface beside her.
Call and response. Two phases of the same heartbeat. The constant rhythm of breach, soar, dive, and repeat.
We rippled smooth as eelgrass and ventured into vastness. Our pod moved as one. An ocean of rollick and plunge.
That cantata still echoes in my arteries and veins. Ebb. Surge. Ebb. Surge. Even here, estranged
in this circus pool of hop, spin, lap, and turn, I throb, but I dare not yearn.
This poem is also part of the Impulse to Speak online anthology that will match each orca held in captivity throughout the world with a corresponding poem.
An award-winning artist for over 25 years, Corinne Duchesne has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., South Korea, and Europe. Originally from Quebec, now living in Ontario, Corinne is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design, studying during her final year with Tom LaPierre in Florence, Italy. She is a professor of drawing in the Faculty of Animation, Art, and Design at Sheridan College.
Dr. Garrett Hope is an award-winning composer, speaker, and coach. His mission in life is to help people find new opportunities and income streams and to take courageous action. In 2020 he delivered a TEDx talk on how music, and the arts in general, can make science more accessible and engaging for general audiences. From 2005 to 2020 he taught at a variety of colleges and universities in Colorado, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Currently, he travels the country (and over Zoom) speaking to audiences of creatives, helping them to think business-ly and to put systems in place. Garrett holds degrees from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado Christian University. He is a native of Colorado, but currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter.