Never summon the evil whales forth
lest they hunger for a salt’s murder
or seek to ravage their ship.
They cry out havoc, scream tempest
to the ocean and sky
so the illhveli hear not their name.
Their harpooned blubber
boils neither to heaven nor hell
but vanishes only inside the soul.
They fear only the steypireydurs
the Great Blue Behemoths,
the protectors of sailors and crafts.
The salts’ wives smell the devil in their remnants
and to keep the fury at bay they call
their men honeyed names clothed in peace.
The mates consign this sweetness
to the void, a sea of faceless women
to be left alone in their slumbers.
At dawn, they return
to the great wide green ocean
that hungers for their flesh.
They chum cowshed, yarrows, ash,
throw plowshares, axes and pots creating
a sacred din outside the incarnadine circles.
Cat Whales would come forth
with their devil-angel flukes
half in sun and watery dark.
They mewl alongside,
resting in the craft’s wake,
diving when the waters darkened
And the roar of Bull Whales spouting loudly
through their blowholes would scare
the distant cattle to stampede the waters.
The Ox Whales, swimming
faster than hand and mind,
would devour the calves
Leaving only nibbles
for the belugas that trailed
behind in white silence.
Bottlenose Dolphins after herding
the Ox Whales beyond the spray
would jump straight high
out of the water
exposing the sun and mountains
appearing underneath them.
In the rest between breaths
a Taumur awaited beneath their crafts
for the opportunity to break them apart.
On the glint of the horizon a Ling Whale
drifting like a mirage of barnacles
waited to maroon them on her hide.
Today, the Great Blue Behemoth
heard their anguish and would gently
guide them back to their sandy, rocky home.
In their unsteady slumbers
they would hitch a ride
on the back of a Heatherback
And dive with it
to the ocean’s floor until
their last bubbles floated up.
Around them all the dorsal waves
of the Sword Whale splashed them
while she sliced them in two.
Far away, the Narwhale sniffed
their blood in the water and
waited her turn to eat.