Epitaph for a DolphinEpitaph for a Dolphin9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We wandered in our sunlit shoals floating
belly up, and laughing at our own magnificence
we thumbed our noses at the birds.
-They cannot know what it is to fly.
The treetops were conquered by our borrowed hammers,
and we laid upon glorious two-by-fours debating clouds
or any other thing of significance. We watched the wind
pull and play against our scrawled sign which clearly stated
there were 'no girls allowed'.
Pastel fish flaunted. Taunted us to twilight; deeper waters,
grey areas. Flaunted and fled: left us drifting.
Disguised as dank school busses; necessities hauled us off.
Famously painted, they mimed the sun,
whose robust enthusiasm never managed to warm
the dusty bus through the tinted windows.
If we mimed sleep, heads resting on shady glass,
we could still glide.
Still, the spring and summer were ours
and for a while, the forest was full of Indians
slinking softly behind the briars – just out of sight.
You slipped suddenly, silently
pulled by a riptide and out to s