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Time Out: The Dolphins

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be
A pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

— Wordsworth

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  • John Venlet March 31, 2022, 1:02 PM

    Viddie is nice, but it can’t match watching dolphins, while manning the bridge, riding the bow wave of a submarine running at full speed on the surface. An impressive sight to behold!

  • David March 31, 2022, 3:03 PM

    You are making me a fan of poetry.

  • gwbnyc March 31, 2022, 3:08 PM

    “Ya did this on porpoise.”

  • jwm March 31, 2022, 3:56 PM

    I remember them from surfing. We’d be sitting in the line up, and a pod would sometimes swim past. It startles the hell out of you the first time you see a dolphin close up. They’d surface close enough that we’d hear the HHHHAAAAAAAA as they exhaled, and see that smiley face. They look at you when they pass by, but never let you get close enough for a touch. Magnificent creatures.


  • KCK March 31, 2022, 4:26 PM

    Seeing them, and their scale of size, was one of the great delights of my last visit to LA.

  • Terminal Madness March 31, 2022, 4:51 PM

    Dolphins are a construct of the white male patriarchy.

    • David March 31, 2022, 5:25 PM

      Damn straight. Too good looking and too much happiness.

  • James ONeil April 1, 2022, 9:04 AM

    Back in the last century sailing out of Vancouver in the straits, a pod of dolphins decided to play our bow wave.

    We were on a long tack, able to lash the wheel and all five of us were at the bow, in the pulpit for at least half an hour, watching them take turns riding our bow wave.

    Great memory!

  • CCW April 1, 2022, 8:43 PM
  • Skorpion April 2, 2022, 10:51 AM

    I’ll always remember a trip to the West of England ten years ago. When we visited St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, I stood on the walkway of the 12th Century castle there, looked to the Atlantic Ocean a hundred feet below me, and saw a kayaker circled by a pod of dolphins who were jumping and playing around him. One of the most beautiful expressions of the natural world I’ve ever witnessed.