The Hinge

by Laura Parker Roerden

I love this world.
 And not just in morning, when
 the long, dark drug of night
 opens like a clam to the light.

I love the hinge itself
 that swings back and forth
 as the tide washes over;
 an attempt at renewal.

I love not just the mighty whale
 but the plumes of his excrement,
 that feed the tiniest plants,
 that create the air we breathe.

I love not just a seat at the table,
 But the debt we owe
 each time we eat, a holy communion
 with mineral, vegetable, or animal given.

I love not just the beauty of rivers
 leading to oceans, but also the
 black sucking microbrial muck
 raising nutrients up foodwebs like spirit.

I love this world,
 which suggests something whole in the
 valleys between wave crests
 and a chance at acceptance.

Laura Parker Roerden is the founding director of Ocean Matters and the former managing editor of Educators for Social Responsibility and New Designs for Youth Development. She serves on the boards of Women Working for Oceans (W20) and Earth, Ltd. and is a member of the Pleiades Network of Women in Sustainability. She lives on her fifth generation family farm in MA.

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