Is this Goodbye ~ Blue Wail

You whale-watchers,

In squeaks and squawks,

A flotsam of plastic agitations,

Littered and self-absorbed,

Your cackles falter

over the edge of oceans

as I fall back

Rolling far back into depths /


Depths blue beyond your death,

Rolling far back

Into a black and godless salvation

Where my contour of meat and muscle

Beats with Gaia’s girdled tides

This rocky planet’s circulation;

My unbecoming,

diffuse along the ocean streams

A holy-ghost glide of tapering flippers

And I slumber

Suspended in watery ether

As an earthly harmony /


Now

To awake from such oceanic dreams

Choking

In an ocean-toilet of your trash,

Predatory plastic in smothering bags

Micro-pellets corrupting away lungs,

A calf, cancered by chemicals

Drifts, beyond help, to the futile

Clicks and calls of her mother,

hysterical among the nursing currents /


Once the whale’s song is gone

We will drift together, rudderless

Under the cold indifference of stars.


Notes:

Blue Whales were almost hunted to extinction before the international whaling ban in 1967. The current global population is believed to be 3~11 % of the original total. The threats to the whale population are shipping, fishing, ocean pollution (plastics) and climate change affecting the krill it depends on for food.

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