The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.
I think of the way she knew
that eels slid from brook to brook
and then to the sea.
You have asked me what the crustacean spins between its limbs of gold
and I answer: the sea knows it.
Hold a hazelnut up to your eyes
as a lens for seeing through,
then wake to a katydid and say its name.
In the 1940s, Rachel Carson began developing an ethic of wonder that stood at the centre of her ecological philosophy.
If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.