Thinking Of A Starfish

Two people have shared this beautiful photo with me over the last week, and here’s why: some time ago I wrote a song about a story by Loren Eiseley.

It is a simple and inspiring story and has been much edited and retold. My version goes like this:

A boy is walking along a beach after a huge storm has washed many starfish up onto the sand. As he walks along, the boy bends down, picks up a starfish and throws it back into the water; bends down, picks up another starfish and throws it back into the water.

He continues doing this until a man walks up to him and, looking down at the boy, says, “Boy, can’t you see that what you are doing is pointless? There are millions of starfish on this beach and no matter what you do, you can’t make any difference, you might as well give up!”

The boy looks up at the man, and then looks at the millions of starfish all over the beach. He bends down and picks up another starfish and throws it back into the ocean. He looks back up at the man and says, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

A Starfish
Photograph by Mark Walz

Below are the lyrics to my song, which is a conversation between one part of me which is like the boy, and another which is like the man (the boy begins)

“If I could keep it simple
Every single day
I know the world would surely help me
To wash it all away

So my products are organic
And healthy for the planet…”
“But you’re one of seven billion,
You might as well just can it!”

“No, I’m thinking of a starfish
And the word appreciation…
Sometimes the biggest difference
Is to throw one in the ocean.”

“Well it seems you have a good point
So I will no further argue
Let’s hope that every starfish
Has an angel just like you.”

Finally, here is the song:

Just a fun little song, I hope you enjoy it.

Yours in music
Nate

PS: if you enjoy, share with yer mates will ya 😛


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