Low tide and all we hear
is the whale’s terrible breathing,
its body drying out
This short animated film, produced by Stephanie Sardelis of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.
To be amazed at her luck
or pity her trials
and you showed me the letter
from your father who left when you were five.
Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.
I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.