Leap of Faith
Written when two hundred pilot whales beached themselves on the Australian coast. In memory of the countless kidnapped Africans who jumped overboard during the Middle Passage. — Clicks and whistles tumble in the surf bounce off black bodies slick and smooth their lungs crumpled crushed beneath their weight. And still they come reaching for flight breaching the waves ballooning flotsam covering the shore to where sand meets blue-lipped sky.