POETRY

Gray Whale Poetry

Image of gray whale eye closeup

“THE EYE OF THE WHALE”

by Homero
Aridjis
(Genesis 1:21)  To Betty

And God created the great whales
there in Laguna San
Ignacio,
and each creature that moves
in the shadowy
thighs of the water.
He created dolphin and sea lion,
blue heron and green
turtle,
white pelican, golden eagle,
and the
double-crested cormorant.
And God said unto the whales:
“Be fruitful and
mutliply
in act of love that may be
seen from the
surface
Only through a bubble,
or a fin,  slanted,
the
female is taken below
by the long prehensive penis;
for there is no splendor greater than the gray
when the
light turns it to silver.
Its bottomless breath
is an
exhalation”.

And God saw that it was good,
that the whales made
love
and played with their young
in the magical
lagoon.

And God said:
” Seven whales together
make a
procession.
One hundred whales make a dawn.
And the whales came out
to catch a glimpse of
God
between the dancing furrows of the waters.
And God
was seen through the eye of a whale.
And the whales filled
the oceans of the earth.
And
it was the afternoon and the morning
of the fifth
day.

image of gray whale breaching

“THE WHALE”

With awesome
power and grace,
The great speckled white whale,
Leaps
towards the heavens,
As if to merge into,
The vortex of
time,
To free its spirit,
>From the deep swirling
sea,
Of our blue white planet,
This soaring
soul,
Sings for sheer joy,
As it plummets at the
speed,
Faster than light,
Towards the beginning of the
universe.
This primal sound resonates everywhere,
Then
once more back within,
The gigantic powerful physical
frame
Slips beneath the waves,
All is quiet once
more!

Rosalind Hyson
8/7/2009.

Breaching Gray Whale Image courtesy
of James Dorsey.