Blue Whale

Featured Piece written by Chris Nash ©

Chris tries to use poetry to give a voice to the ones whose voices have been lost or taken away from them. He is currently working on a series of songs that species under severe threat of extinction might sing – if we had ears to listen to them. Blue Whale is one of them.

You whale-watchers,

In squeaks and squawks,

A flotsam of plastic agitations,

Littered and self-absorbed,

Your cackles falter

over the edge of the oceans

as I fall back

Rolling far back into depths.

Depths blue beyond your death,

Rolling far back

Into a black and godless salvation

Where my contour of meat and muscle

Beats with Gaia’s girdled tides

This rocky planet’s circulation;

My unbecoming,

diffuse along the ocean streams

A holy-ghost glide of tapering flippers

And I slumber

Suspended in watery ether

As an earthly harmony.


To awake from such oceanic dreams


In an ocean-toilet of your trash,

Predatory plastic in smothering bags

Micro-pellets corrupting away lungs,

A calf, cancered by chemicals

Drifts, beyond help, to the futile

Clicks and calls of her mother, hysterical

Among the nursing currents.

Once the whale’s song is gone

We will drift together, rudderless

Under the cold indifference of stars.

About Author

 Picture of Chris Nash


Chris Nash is originally from Wessex, an area at the south-west of England which you won’t find on any maps. Apparently, dragons used to live in its beautiful landscape in the days before agriculture became mechanized.

In 2013 he left England to live in China. He is trying to write poetry without borders. He has been influenced by Chinese poetry which doesn’t try to describe or explain a thing, but to let that thing ‘be’ in words, images and music.



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