"The Barnacle and the Gray Whale" by Cecilia Llompart was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 28, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23893?utm_source=PAD%3A+The+Barnacle+and+the+Gray+Whale+by+Cecilia+Llompart&utm_campaign=poemaday_022814&utm_medium=email.
Cecilia Llompart received her MFA from the University of Virginia. Her first book of poetry, The Wingless, will be published in 2014. Additional information about this up-and-coming poet may be found here: http://www.inknode.com/users/ceciliallompart.
The poem is arranged in two parts, with seven stanzas in each. Each stanza consists of one or two lines. The first part is devoted to an anthropomorphized barnacle marveling at a whale. The second part is the whale's response to the barnacle.
The poet reveals in her notes that this is one of a series of poems inspired by the Deep Water Horizon disaster. She thought the poems would be filled with anger. Instead, they turned out to have a quiet, contemplative, dreamy quality--an interesting comment on the process of composing poetry.