mjblathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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whale fall (a pantoum)

half to nearly three-quarters of a century

the mammal lives on earth but not on land

dies, bloats, then sinks to seafloor

gives another seventy-five years

 

the mammal lives on earth but not on land

larger than life, it gives itself

gives another seventy-five years

’til skeleton wears bacterial coat of fluffy white

 

larger than life, it gives of itself

dead, bloated, then sunken onto seafloor

its skeleton wears bactoerial coat of fluffy white

at the end of a second three-quarters of a century