Thursday, 16 August 2012

Poor Brother Whale

Seasick yet still docked, poor brother Whale!
He drifted into shallow West Cork water
at the mercy of a human gaol
as if for extreme unction, pre-inter.

He drifted into shallow West Cork water;
a fin whale, fourteen metres long and counting,
as if for extreme unction, pre-inter,
his crisp white stripes of surrender rotating.

A fin whale, fourteen metres long and counting;
Leviathan, wilting, handing himself in,
his crisp white stripes of surrender rotating,
inviting hospitality, this wild thing.

Leviathan, wilting, handing himself in,
majestic mammal of the oceans deep,
inviting hospitality, this wild thing,
from a fellow species, moved to weep.

Majestic mammal of the oceans deep,
is judged too massive to be euthanized.
From a fellow species, moved to weep,
he trusts to meet with kindness as he dies.

Despite our plunder and pollution, thank you  ̶
seasick yet still docked, poor brother Whale,
for showing such simple faith you’ll get your due
at the mercy of a human gaol.

© Caroline Hurley

Hope begins to fade for fin whale stranded in Baltimore Harbour

Caroline's poems have been published in e-magazine, The Electric Acorn. She recently returned to post-graduate psychology studies and has also written a novel, short stories, and both a stage and screenplay. 

2 comments:

  1. Greater than us in size and faith -- that's what this tells me about the whale. The structure really helps say it. Well done.

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    1. Thank you. : )

      Not only is intra-species conflict reducing chances for a future to be possible, but so is inter-species alienation: this might have been a message in the extraordinary action of the big fish, now sadly deceased - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0817/1224322324669.html

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