Depth Finder

depth finder poem

While we marvel at the dolphin
or whale breaking surface, this great
leap is followed by a great surrender
back into what no one can see.

These surges of power are always
followed by a letting go.

Like the whale, we are never done.
Like the dolphin, we nose our way
into the world, only to plummet
back into the deep.

Adapted from The Half-Life of Angles: Three Books of Poems by Mark Nepo. For more information visit


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