Shawn L. Bird

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poem- waiting for grey whales March 25, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:24 pm
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On shore watching

patiently waiting

for grey whales.

Scanning grey-blue sky

into grey-blue horizon

on grey-blue ocean

searching for a grey puff of breath

a fluke, sign of a whale amid the grey tipped waves.




Impatiently waiting for grey whales

in the blue-grey ocean

before the blue-grey horizon

under the blue-grey sky.




Waiting for grey whales

makes me



I’ve wanted to see whales since I read this book as a kid. 3rd trip to the coast during the grey whale migration, and still no sighting.


April 13, 2014.  Diana Gabaldon trivia:  Fred Phleger, author of the above book, was a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1951 to 1977.  Diana earned her MS in Marine Biology at Scripps in 1975.


18 Responses to “poem- waiting for grey whales”

  1. Susan Says:

    I love the imagery of color. My favorite line is “searching for a grey puff of breath.” Those words put the picture clearly in my mind and I felt the coolness of the air on the shore in my mind. Very nice poem! ~Susan

  2. narble Says:

    It brings to light an old Cheyenne saying: wait without expectation.

  3. i will so love to join you!

  4. I also really like the imagery in this poem. Also the words and structure are beautiful. Nice.

  5. komarovstyle Says:

    Really beautiful imagery in this poem…..i love this…..well done…..

  6. Keep trying. I hope you see them one day ~

  7. Steve Says:

    No sightings, huuummmmm, you think they now fly Southwest to avoid the whale watchers? 🙂

  8. Amanda Banks Says:

    Ah, don’t give up, good luck with the boat ride, hope you see them! The yearning in your words is lovely.

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