Beached Whale

I learnt the news over the phone
My job no longer existed
I was no longer required, terminated
An extra body in an organization
That was going places except without me
I went walking to clear my head
Seeking to find the answer
As to what to do next

I watched the waves washed up to the shoreline
While I wallowed in melancholy
Sorrow for what I had become
A statistic of a hostile takeover
My services no longer desirable
I felt washed up like the flotsam and jetsam
That strewed the beach

A barking dog attracted my attention
Momentarily I looked his way
And lying on a waters edge
Was something big and grey?
Huge even at 100 metres away
I wondered if I should venture forth
And I am so forever glad I did
For I witnessed the most wondrous thing
A little whale beached on the sandy shore
A long way from home, stranded on the slippery sands
Suddenly an eye opened and looked straight at me
And it blew hot hair my way
Proof that it was not dead but breathing
From that brief meeting of the eye
I knew that he was asking me
To get him out of trouble

Disregarding my own needs
I sprung into action and grabbed its tail
And heaved with all my might
Into the raging surf pounding the beach
And Lo and behold the creature floated
Whilst I struggled to stay Upright in the surf,
The waves trying to engulf me
I spluttered with the rising tide
And pushed again with all my might
As if he heard me, the little fella went upright
Wiggled its tail and straightened out
Heading out to sea, to deeper waters
Exhausted but exultant
I watched it swim away from me
That was the last I saw
of that little whale

Kaci Tami

About this poem

Wrote this poem after watching the news where a guy rescued a whale. There were other whales in the pod but in my poem, I make it a single beached whale

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Written on November 20, 2013

Submitted by taminator2016 on December 08, 2022

Modified on April 03, 2023

1:34 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,610
Words 316
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 7, 16, 16

Kaci Tami

I am an aspiring writer, poet, teller of tales that is me. I have always seen things in a different light and from my perspective, it gives you an insight into what makes me tick as a human being. My life is always hectic and the most important thing I have learnt is that there are three things that one should value in life (a) Your loved ones (b)Your health (c) The memories you create with people. In the end, we all leave this world alone, so spend time creating memories and meaningful relationships with individuals and society at large. My poems reflect my perspective on the world at large both real and imagined. I am in the process of collating an anthology of poems so I can share my likes, dislikes and life with others. Thank you for reading my poems more…

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