ishmael (Mark Roberts)

Posted on December 14, 2013 by in Heightened Talk

Ocean pool 2.1

coming at dawn

to swim in the ocean baths

they find a dead whale

half the size of the pool

floating like a cut puppet

fins & tail tugged

by waves breaking

over weathered concrete walls


one old swimmer who has come

to these  baths for years declares

“i’m not sharing my lane with that!”


there remains the discussion

of how to remove tons

of dead whale

without destroying the pool




before swimming pools

such a stranding

would trigger a celebration

that would last for weeks

food for everyone

huge fires on the beach

spears treated with whale blubber

bones broken up for tools and shelter.




now we wait for cranes


& chain saws

whale cut to truck size pieces

& dumped in landfill.