Captain Don’s Promise

A tale about what’s killing coral and making sponges the dominant animal

By William Goodwin

In 1897 the Irish poet William Butler Yeats was writing about his fellow poet William Blake when he said, “There have been men who loved the future like a mistress, and the future mixed her breath into their breath and shook her hair about them … so in the beginning of any work, there is a moment when we understand more perfectly than we understand again until all is finished.”