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I have never heard it, phantom whale calls,
so deep they make one cringe, so shrill they make one cry,
except before I was born.

I know,
before I developed the lips, eyelashes, fingers, brain,
I have now,
I lived in the ocean,
I floated like a little walnut,
I was the simplest creature,
I heard the whale song.
This makes me wonder,
was it only I who received this gift,
or was it you also?

Giant whales, so big, beyond my comprehension,
peaceful beauties,
we have killed you all.
We stabbed and raped and took
for no good reason.
We took our ships,
I take blame somehow, I feel so awful,
we sharpened sticks and killed your
families
peace
your song traveled across the ocean,
you swam together for centuries through the deep,
mystic water.
What were you saying? Were you speaking through god?
Are you god?
I think we should worship you.
You blinked your eyes slowly, and your tears melted
with the ocean
We drank your blood with greedy slurps.
Are we evolution’s mistake?

I want to learn your song.
My race will never learn,
I am so lost with my race.
If I could trade in my clumsy legs and sharp words,
I would gladly accept your fins and godly
demeanor.

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TheContentedWanderer94 said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 7:54 am:
Okay, This was truely beautiful! I am also a lover of whales and this was exactly what I thought of them. The best part for me was your phrasing and language. Keep Writing!
 
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kneller42 said...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm:
you words are proof that we are not evolutions mistake  keep going
 
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Alexia.Y said...
May 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm:
really, enormously beautiful.
 
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nancy19 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm:
Good poem. it was different but i liked it
 
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Eric D. said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 9:09 am:
good poem i like the line when you ask If we are evolutions mistake?
 
raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm :
So do I! Beautiful poem.
 
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scarletP said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm:
it's interesting, when i was sitting by the ocean with my dad he explained the reason we feel so calm near the water is because of the sound of the waves...it's the same sound we hear when we are in the womb. Your words are very true and very deep...I however do not believe that our race was a mistake, we are evil and vile as well as graceful and endearing. Beautiful poem.
 
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bmmszw said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 10:35 am:
this poem was great good words
 
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BMMSJB said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 10:34 am:
This poem takes me through wonder. I never really thought of the whales before reading this. It does touch my heart. I would have to say though, it could be better, this was constructive, but a little more rhyme/alliteration. But good. Great job.
 
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annkaykay2011 said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 9:38 am:
My favorite part
"What were you saying? Were you speaking through god?
Are you god?
I think we should worship you.
You blinked your eyes slowly, and your tears melted
with the ocean
We drank your blood with greedy slurps.
Are we evolution’s mistake?"
Its really deep and very beautiful.
Its calming but its really sad but it makes people think.
Keep it up.=]
 
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WriterFanaticThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm:
Wow. Yeah, sometimes when I see pictures of cut down rainforests and polluted air, I feel the same way. Odd isn't it? How sometimes the greatest stranger is your own kind?
 
BMMSJB replied...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 10:36 am :
Yes, I completely agree with you. Completely. I am not even a person who is obsessed with saving the environment, but I do believe that we should stop killing whales.
 
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Nicole B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm:
This is magnificent. You truly have a mastery over words - at once majestic and gentle.
 
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ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm:
Hey, wonderful work!!! this is amazing . . . U write beautifuly so continue writing!!! also plz check out my poem called "Sensitive Am I" and it would be appreciated a comment and a rating, thankx! and keep up the good work!!!
 
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Aleece said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm:
This is soooooooooooooo good. I love it! Check out my poem "All grown up" by Aleece
 
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MoyruhJO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 20, 2009 at 1:40 am:
I really like this, and I'm not usually one for environmental matters, so that's quite a feat :] And I have to say...the voice of God aspect REALLY reminded me of Moby Dick >.<
 
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SilverDawn said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 1:38 am:
When I read the title, I never imagined the poem would be anything as amazing as this. It sounds so quiet but still powerful. Love it! (:
 
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Meghan said...
May 31, 2009 at 11:50 pm:
Great poem! You have real talent. Keep writing.
I hate to do this but I want to hear some comments on my poems and how they could be improved so can someone please read them?
 
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tinkerbell<3er said...
May 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm:
this is really good
 
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Sydney M. said...
May 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm:
This is good!!!!! Amazing. but always remember that God is God and he speaks through us and not whales
 
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