SONG FOR OUR CHILDREN
© Mary Ann DiNella

Older than your history, I am Manatee. Shall I be extinguished in your time?
Or shall I, like the mermaid, save the man who would save me?
Your future, fellow mammal, flows with mine.


(Chorus)
And who will be Manatee tomorrow?
Will your children know my children, or just a memory?
The current of all living things shall treat us quite the same.
Who'll know my name, in an empty rolling sea?



Racer of the ancient currents, I am Dolphin.
Man-child, I have seen you safely home,
Though your father's trawler hauls miles
of drifting, deadly walls;
The nets that snare my future and your own!

(Chorus)
And who will be Dolphin tomorrow?
Will your children know my children, or just a memory?
The current of all living things shall treat us quite the same.
Who'll know my name, in an empty rolling sea?

Singer of the ageless songs, I am Whale,
Maker of dark symphonies at sea.
You're killed me in my mating-ground, I've died to breathe the air.
I've died for soap and oil and ivory!

(Chorus)
And who will be Whale tomorrow?
Will your children know my children, or just a memory?
The current of all living things shall treat us quite the same.
Who'll know my name, in an empty rolling sea?

Graveyard of galleons, I am Coral Reef. I am the ocean's nursery.
I have watched your trade- routes grow, and their treasurers fall below,
But Spanish gold buys little hope for me!


Cradle
of your origin, I am Ocean,
Witness to the mystery of your birth,
Life-giver to the land, and the family of Man,
And all the wondrous creatures
of the earth!

(Chorus)
And I will be Ocean tomorrow,
Though your children and my children be just a memory.
It the current of all living things treats all things quite the same,
What will I be, but an empty, rolling sea?
If the current of all living things treats all things quite the same,
What will remain, but an empty rolling sea?

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