Orcas
From the old waters
Titans of the glassy sea
Black and white
The way many view life…
Black like the void of night
White like the polar caps
That radiate heat back into space
Mammoth
Like the ice sheets
That hold back the glaciers
There are giants among us
We live in a time
Of beautiful leviathans
Travelers
To newer waters

 

Chasing the herring
North—north
How great a distance
Until the fish find new breeding grounds
Cold enough to reproduce…
Warmer waters and the stocks diminish
Acidic waters and the plankton die
What will happen to the animals that feed
On fish and plankton and other things?
And what will happen to larger animals
That feed on the animals that feed
on fish and plankton and other things?
And what will happen to the orcas
As they chase the herring
North—north
A great distance