In the Belly of the Whale

By | 1 May 2019

If Jonah’s whale swallowed an ocean liner
it would become
a roving Atlantis —
a doubly submerged city
crossing from equator to Antarctic
from Arctic to Tropic of Cancer.

Would propellers pollute acoustic channels
scramble the whale’s sonic songs,
strand it from its kin?

Would vermin breed in the bilge
betwixt ship and ribs
and the whale
trail rubbish and sewage
when it breached?

Mutated to a Whaltropolis
it would haunt the ocean depths
a cretaceous Marie Celeste
gravid with its corroding captive.

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