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By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 7:21 am in Whales.

Delta and Dawn the humpback whales
A poetic look by S. R. Chapman of Benicia at the mother and daughter humpback whales and their trip up the Sacramento River and their encounters with us “helpful” humans before they finally returned to the sea. Interesting.

Delta and Dawn
     came to visit us
On a quiet and sunny day —
Were they lost, were they hungry,
     were they lonely,
Did they come just to play?
The stars and seasons
and constellations —
instinct and sheer will
Took them off their course
     for an unknown “reason” —
But we remember them —
We always will.
     We asked, “have you seen the
     whales today?
     Did they get help?
     Are they OK?”
We tracked them with every device
known to man
But they were guided
by an Unseen Hand!
     I know they are safe
     I know they live
Their visit is forever in our minds —
They helped us realize that some
     things transcend time —
     Some things transcend space —
     Some things transcend all the
     mundane “things” of life.
Our visit with the whales will be in our
memory and in our hearts FOREVER
because they represent something
bigger than we are
and something truly worthwhile.
— by S. R. Chapman, Wed., 5-30-2007, Benicia, CA, 5:45 p.m.

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