by Nancy Corson Carter
I inhale the O2
I exhale the CO2
of their inhalation.
Life is so beautifully
Wherever I am,
I can stop a moment
and rejoice in
our shared breath.
Note: Phytoplankton are photosynthesizing
microscopic organisms that inhabit the upper sunlit layer of almost all oceans and bodies of fresh water. They are agents for "primary production
," the creation of organic compounds
from carbon dioxide
dissolved in the water, a process that sustains the aquatic food web.
It is estimated that between 50% and 85% of the world's oxygen is produced via phytoplankton photosynthesis.