Intelligent air breather immersed in the sea
‘My head is full of killer whales
and they are trying to get out!’ he said
eyes popping under pressure of orcas
the mettle of deep spirit forces.
The incarnations of orca are many.
Spyhopping in cold ocean water
with warm blood and majesty
brutality cloaked by ethereal beauty,
tear-like haze covering black eyes that grapple my soul.
Showing off – porpoising in dark waters
breaching to good effect
displaying a strong, white chest like a silverback gorilla
black glossy back disappears into the depths
reappearing to display again.
I am mesmerised but not afraid.
Don’t get too close!
the force might suck you in
mass of savage flesh creating dire chasms in the water
juxtaposition of fascination and fear.
Then, hunting in pods like packs of wolves
speed, ferocity, synchronicity
wolves of the sea
following the bleating of lambs
a blanket of fear smothers my warm breath.
Conscious mind immersed in dream.
‘Orca’ was published in the Third Eye journal (Vol 1, Ed 2, Dec 2009)
* photo by Gabrielle Bryden