chapter 57. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars. remade as a poem. Linda Lee Harper.

A whale is a whale is a whale

is a metaphor is an obstacle
is blubber is ambergris is night oil
inspires scrimshaw makes sea song
wreaks havoc, wreaks mission,
defies oceans defies heavens
makes madness madness flensed
is a whale is a ship is obsession
is impossible is a whale makes
tsunamis white death breath
makes madness makes legend
is inspires makes wreaks defies
makes silence legend.

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