Friday, 28 of April of 2017

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Joey Racano – Krill Kids

blue-whale-body
 
When the sun rose up on the very first day
Krill Kidsa whale there waited to wisk us away
to a place in the sea where krill-kids roam
far away from the land, near a mountain of foam

On the first Earth night ‘neath a sliver of moon
a whale dove deep to avoid a typhoon
and the krill-kids followed him, close behind
clinging to his flukes but he did not mind

As the first week ended and the month came on
I swam to the surface but my whale was gone
I was forced to tread water and my heart skipped a beat
when I felt a sudden comfort rise beneath my feet

The comfort, of course, was the back of a whale
and I was lifted from the water like a ships main sail
I threw my head back, turned my palms to the sky,
sang the first whale song- and thought ‘How lucky am I?’

And on that very last day when a whale does breach
I hope a distant descendant meets him on the beach
with a hand-weaved basket made of fronds and kelp
and every krill-kid in the world, there and ready to help!


Bill Yake – Feeding, The Whales Of Hecate Strait

roll and roil in the chop where krill & herring
crackle, spat out of the sea in exhilarating
terror – an awful hailstorm of food churning
among sleek whale fuselages that flex,
rise, and slew ecstatically to feast in
mile-long bands
on the blood-ochre
of rising crustacean-clouds.

Lit by the flash of herring,
the humpbacks revel in a
massage of frenzied food;
gulp, sigh and say their
grace and gratitude with grunts,
groans and James Brown hallelujah shouts.

The feast of whales continues as we depart for Rose Harbour where whales like these were once flensed, dismembered, and rendered. Near rusting machinery a small plaque faces the harbor:
 
“IN MEMORY OF THE CHINESE AND JAPANESE
WHO DIED IN THE EMPLOY OF
CONSOLIDATED WHALING
BETWEEN 1925 AND 1941.”


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