Poems of the Week

Pectoral Spectacle

by Ruth S. Baker

“Young humpback whale leaps out of Seattle bay dazzling onlookers
The whale breached for about 40 minutes, also performing several pectoral
fin slaps and dives…”
The Guardian

A young humpback whale erupts from the Bay,
With pectoral fin slaps and dives,
Eclipsing the ships with its crazy display,
Its foamy cetacean high-fives.

And there, on the iPad or phone or TV,
While prices and politics spike,
A lone living creature shows all who can see
What happiness still might be like.