Whales (Mysticeti and Odontoceti) seem to possess an ageless wisdom, maintain a confident peace, and hold mysteries that forever intrigue us. It would be a revelation to spend time around them. To do so would, inevitably, change a person forever. I have no doubt about that.
A friend recently shared a video of Humpback Whales surfacing. I had never seen/heard a video where the inhalation of breath was captured so well. The inhalation created harmonics. I was “gobsmacked”, as they say in the UK. That sound and image have haunted me for the past few days, so I had to write about them (of course ; ). I hope I’ve captured a wee bit of the mystery of Whales, and the sounds that they (chiefly, the Humpbacks) are known for.
(Photo from the movie Humpback Whales, MacGillivray Freeman Films)
Carol became addicted to the cathartic and highly personal nature of poetry as a child. She has taught poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults, and has had the good fortune to serve as a poet-in-residence for Clark Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. She has also presented poetry workshops for librarians at the Children & Young People’s Division library conferences, and was awarded “Outstanding Teaching in the Field of Poetry” by the Barbara Juster Esbensen teaching award committee. Carol’s poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Frogpond, Branches, The Journal of Modern Haiku, The Vision, and Cricket.
Holding a B.A. in Music, Carol has performed in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Ensembles to her credit include Shilombish, White Elk, Zionsville Flute Choir, American Crow. As well as being a vocalist, Carol also performs on silver flute, Native American style flute, bass guitar, and bass lute.
Also an avid equestrian, Carol is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and loves to spend time with her mule, Andromeda.
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