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Whale Song

Maternal Instinct

By Celia in UnderlandPublished 8 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
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Whale hunters target the baby first.

They shoot it with a harpoon

and watch it through the

sight.

They wait –

for the

ocean to stain red.

Before taking aim again.

But the mother never leaves.

She stays a foot or so away, knowing that she too,

will die at the tip of the hunter’s dart.

And the sound of her own melancholic song –

is the last that either will hear.

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Celia in Underland

Just a voice finding its echo. Teacher - reader-writer-cat lover. Wanderer. Weirder than a koala in The Arctic. Magpie for shiny words and stuff. Taking the scenic route home.

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  • Kelsey Clarey3 months ago

    Oh, this was painful. Well done!

  • River Joy3 months ago

    Wow what a gut punch. In a good way. Beautifully stated Celia.

  • JBaz7 months ago

    I am really at a loss, so I will just say well done....

  • J. S. Wade7 months ago

    Greed is callous. 🥲

  • Mackenzie Davis7 months ago

    I see both truth and metaphor here. Really well done; I find that real events like this often hold sad lessons for humanity, and parallel our lives. I applaud your crafting of this one, Celia. 👏👏👏

  • Hannah Moore7 months ago

    Fucking hell. I've got suncream in my eyes. Dear lord, I don't know whether to hit subscribe or outright avoid you!

  • Rachel Deeming7 months ago

    Heartbreaking. And you get so much here into so few words. So, so sad.

  • L.C. Schäfer7 months ago

    Oh this is awful and beautiful all at once. A pox on whalers I say 😥

  • ThatWriterWoman8 months ago

    So sad, yet so beautiful. There's nothing quite like a mother's love.

  • Rob Angeli8 months ago

    Heartbreaking, but so we'll done!

  • Animals feel pain just like us humans. If we have a right to live on earth, then animals have those rights too. Karma will get all those who have harmed animals.

  • May there never ever again be a market for anything belonging to whales other than the beauty of their songs & devotion.

  • Lana V Lynx8 months ago

    So sad and poignant! A poem to feel through, Celia.

  • Paul Stewart8 months ago

    Damn, Celia...you're breaking my heart here! This is gorgeous, heartbreaking and important!

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