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by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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Amidst the ocean depths, far below the light,
A lone whale glides by in her watery flight.
A cry so lonely, a wailing of despair,
Something precious lost in the great somewhere.

Serene, yet watchful, moving always in fear
Of death's stillness, she searches ever near.
Pulling sunlight upward with care,
She caresses the surface and mists the salty air.

Nothing! Not a movement, except a hulking mass,
A predator's scent, a watchful, sweeping pass.
Dangerously taunting, the sight draws her near
As battered nets pull in Death and despair.

Her baby! Her angel! Death had claimed its song,
While a quiet stillness seemed to linger on.
Across the endless ocean, far below the sky,
A mournful mother sang a haunting lullaby.

 2004 Cheryl Kaye Tardif


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Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler
Beautifully written.

Reviewed by eliza keating
this is simply an incredible piece of writing ..loved this ...eliza keating
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
A thought-provoking, potent poem about one of the world's greatest treasures.
Reviewed by Katina Williams
You can sense the pain and despair of the whale in your words. Beautiful poetry.
Reviewed by Paul Judges
Super poem, Cheryl
Reviewed by eugene geminiano
Great thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight
Wonderful. I love the whole image you portray. Whales are beautiful creatures with a mournful cry. I often wonder what it really is they are calling for.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Tragically sad poem. Very well penned Cheryl; I really enjoyed reading it.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy
I like the contrast between peace and danger in this poem. Very chilling. Hugs,
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Beautiful images in this hauntingly sad poem.. Well done!......M
Reviewed by Natasha Bowman
Absoloutley beautiful and thought-provoking ...
Applies not only to this creature of the water, but real life as well.
Loved it.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
Haunting. The cries of a mother who has lost her baby knows no species. The heart breaking ache all the same. Love the imagery. Sad but reality. Bless you. Liz
Reviewed by Chuck Keller
Sad and poignant. Powerful and emotional poem. Nice job.
Reviewed by Agnes Levine
In depth telling of sorrow. Powerful words to force the reader to feel and mourn and seek protective mode. This is beautiful.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath

"A Whale Song"
Simply beautiful and captivating!
The imagery, and the decription of the mourning
mother and fallen angel...a great read Cheryl!

From the Heart of an Artist Quiet Storm
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader)
Beautifully presented and composed, I understand the a whale's song can travel 100 miles over the ocean floor. Excellent.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Whooee! Great. I was born in Peace River, Alberta so I feel a kinship with you. This poem of yours is a wondrous offering and I respectfully and gratefully thank you for it. Love and peace to you, Cheryl. Regis
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

THIS. is. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just stunning in imagery and verse--perfection!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Jane Rodway
WOW! So powerful, and well-written, very sad, enjoyed this poem.
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente
Absolutely beautiful Cheryl.
Sad, mournful story. It made my heart ache.
Especialy because we all know it's true.
Good write.

Love, Bonnie
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