Lament for J2

I was struck by the latest bad news concerning the Southern Resident Killer Whales: the presumed death of J2, also known as Granny. Likely over 100 years old, she was the matriarch of J Pod for decades. I don’t usually write poetry but have found that it helps express complex but brief feelings and thoughts. So here is some imagery evoked by the loss of Granny:

J2

A world is lost with you

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Orcinus orca

“From the underworld”

(An underworld that is heaven to me)

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Queen of the Sound

The Strait

The sea coast

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Glaucus sparkle

emerald and iron

spring nights, stars above and below

Noctiluca scintillating

Forests of firs and kelp

Barriers of stone, pebble interfaces

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An audience is enraptured

Captivated

Family following your lead

And your wisdom

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You have descended into the silence between songs

A symphony diminished

Is there a greater silence still?

Or a crescendo?

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Terrifyingly

It was never up to you

It’s a question we answer

It always is

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