233 words • < 1 min read

Finding Melville’s Whale: Chapter 1 – Loomings

Chapter 1 of the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville, summarized in verse. Read along with us and discuss this chapter or the book as a whole in the comments.

Loomings

To rise and fall, as the sea does, the will
of a man who chooses death by water.
This is the only story left to tell.

Journeys always begin where the shore ends.
All footsteps flow forwards towards the sea
but this journey’s end is the ocean’s will.

No passenger may be carried along
on their own journey, nor may the glory
of command distract from the reverence

of toil, of drudgery, of service
to the ship, to the sea, and to the voice,
our narrator, who calls himself Ishmael.


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


Connect with SFS


  • Recent Popular Articles

    Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine is a fake documentary
    Megalodon: the New Evidence is a fake documentary
    More large sharks were killed by recreational anglers than commercial fishermen in the U.S. last year
    The greater good: animal welfare vs. conservation
    The Trouble with Teacup Pigs
    Severely injured great white shark found, are scientists responsible?
    Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Fake Documentary
    10 fish weirder than the fish in the 10 weirdest fish in the world list