Whale Procession

February 11, 2017




I drowned in squid ink

landed on the ocean floor

Clouds of sand engulfed me

like the jaws of a great white

An army of jellyfish 

passed overhead-

a beautiful funeral procession


Once death settled 

my essence hovered-a reluctant apparition

I felt the starfish twitch beneath me

Spied sea dragons rocking to and fro

in the current


A school of parrot fish swam past

and a sea urchin opened its door 


Then, Silence

as long as a pier.


That hovering essence transmuted 


A tiny whirlpool 

above my chest 

primed for the ocean to siphon


And then, the sound of whales

calling and wailing 

singing their oceanic lullaby

So haunting and comforting

at once


They arrived in triangle formation

Mama at the front, pups behind her 

My back arched as she scooped me up 

into her world 

My swirling essence, she blew

from her blowhole


And I,

I became cargo 

To be transported, perhaps

to my next incarnation.


POEM & PHOTOS: © 2017 Bianca Bowers

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Bianca Bowers is the author of three poetry books: Love Is A Song She Sang From A Cage (2017), Passage (2015), and Death and Life (2014). She holds a BA in English and Film/TV/Media Studies and her poetry has appeared in Shot Glass Journal, Tongue In Your Ear, and The Art Toppling Tobacco Project. In 2017, her poem, Tree of Life, was featured in the trailer for a short-film called The Avant-Gardener. Bianca is currently fine-tuning 2 Poetry books and seeking homes for her novels, Cape of Storms (Literary Fiction), and Lawn Chairs (Womens Fiction). You can find her at www.biancabowers.com and www.lobby4love.org

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