I remember you,
erotic poets of the sea,
surrounding the whale-watch boats,
in fog and in pain,
I sent up my silent calls to you:
O let me caress your mind.
Humans, who poisoned the waters
and set earth on fire,
you approach with song.
Teach me to do the same.
– Harriet Ann Ellenberger
30 July 1989, revised 4 February 2016
note: The earlier version of this poem was published in L’Évidente lesbienne, no. 17, février 1990, and in Ms. Magazine, July/August 1993.