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Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Beaked Whales Should Not Be Spotted Near a Coast

Not buoyed by the ocean
its own weight
will crush its lungs and heart,
just a matter of time.
We wait for the rescue sling
and high tide to return, 
the few of us, crowded in the enormous stench,     
the whale, hauling air inside 
the diminishing holds of its lungs.
Low tide and all we hear 
is the whale’s terrible breathing, 
its body drying out
except near its blowhole
which spews a few droplets 
on each exhalation
and makes the round vent shine
like a tiny halo. 
Other than that, the whale
lies on the sand like a long dark slab
with small white bursts 
like distant stars.
And for one moment this beaked whale 
is a window on some other galaxy,
before there were any humans,
to watch a creature dying.

Copyright 2020 Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Beaked whale (Photo: TGN Review)

One comment on “Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Beaked Whales Should Not Be Spotted Near a Coast

  1. rosemaryboehm
    January 25, 2021

    Swallowing hard.

    Liked by 1 person

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