Join me in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery and fragility hidden there.


Daring to do this again. It’s an #OceanVoice blog where it is not science that speaks the strongest.

I need words to find my way.

By sharing, I hope for connection, affirmation, and maybe, that the words help others too.

Photo while on my boat “Fluke” by dear friend and contributor to light in the world, Kendra Parnham-Hall


Where to find the space
Between denying the darkness
And disappearing into overwhelm?

Inhaling scorching realities in shared air
Masked and isolated against viral spread
Where to find the space?

Refugees on roadsides
Inequalities of skin laid bare
Where to find the space?

Narcissism thriving
Rewarded for lies and lechery
Where to find the space?

Social media frivolity
Verses sleepless sorrow
WHERE to find the space?

It’s there . . .

It’s there in the knowing
Eyes closed, is to contribute to darkness
Wide-eyed in horror, is to contribute to same

It’s there in the feeling
Compass unwavering forward
Recoiling from misspent privilege

It’s there in the tasting
Savouring what is sweet and true
Rejecting the poison of paralysis

It’s there in the doing
Common solutions, common good
Forces joined, together brighter

The space is found
Where we shine our light
So others too, may find their way

View down Johnstone Strait ©Jackie Hildering.



8 Responses to “Where?”

  1. bobturner7

    Hello JackieI was suprised to watch a sea otter off Start Island (sw of Bonwick Island) this evening. I did not know they had made it this far south off NE vancouver island. i got video if you are interested. it was 50 or more m away but the water was very still.I was very moved by your post below. You carry a lot on your shoulders and in your heart.Up here for a week. The flat water has been magical the past few days.Bob

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    • The Marine Detective

      Thanks so much Bob for your understanding and feedback. There is a big change re. Sea Otters this year. They used to be incidental (an individual here and there over the years) but in the last few years they became very common around Port Hardy and then this year there have been repeat sightings of a raft near northern Malcolm Island and more sightings of individuals in the Broughton.

  2. Lynn Russell

    Thank you , thank you for this and for taking the risk to share it. So timely and important and inspiring


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