Waves Collision

In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will suggest a number of strategies to engage us to take action for the world ocean, especially at a time when many feel despair, helplessness and a feeling that there is no individual way to make a difference.

Here is a poem by the late Irish poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney that distills the meaning of the ocean to a few clear words:

Lovers on Aran
The timeless waves, bright, sifting, broken glass,
Came dazzling around, into the rocks,
Came glinting, sifting from the Americas

To possess Aran. Or did Aran rush
To throw wide arms of rock around a tide
That yielded with an ebb, with a soft crash?

Did sea define the land or land the sea?
Each drew new meaning from the waves' collision.
Sea broke on land to full identity.


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