Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mea Culpa

now washing up dead
by the dozens
on west coast beaches

ailing in warming, polluted seas,
impacted by boat traffic

bellies full of plastic
instead of food

mea culpa
mea culpa
mea maxima culpa

for Susan's  prompt at Midweek Motif: Plastic Bags

This past week saw "an unusual mortality event" as seventy grey whales washed up dead on west coast beaches in the U.S. and seven more along Canadian west coast beaches. There is a new baby orca near Tofino, and we hope he will live, but researchers are worried as he and his mother seem to be ailing. For certain, there is not enough food, the seas are too warm, and sonic interferance from boat traffic  impacts their existence. Meanwhile, it is "business as usual" for humans:


  1. Wow, the excitement of watching the whale spectacle in the video! I’m still smiling, whale watching is one of things I enjoy. Nature is incredible, and moments captured in that video are proof that we find joy in it. Thank you so much for sharing, Sherry.

    But your poem reveals the ugly side of our carelessness. And how sad to hear about so many whales washed up dead. Goodness me, what will it take to stop these disasters!

  2. Wow! The Video shows the wonder of the lives of whales. The loss is a crime, and you've written a haunting poem for it. I hope you share it at a poetry reading.

  3. Wonderful poem, wonderful exciting video, wonderful moving post - well conceived and well done Sherry. That guy knew his whales...!

  4. this is so sad..that we are killing this beautiful creatures ...we will pay greatly for our greed...may the Great Spirit have mercy on us...bkm

  5. what are we doing? Mea culpa indeed.

  6. This is so sad and truthful, it brings me to tears.

  7. This is so heartbreaking. Humans don't deserve this beautiful planet. The poem is tiny but each word is a tear drop. We have no limit to our stupidity. Sigh.

  8. The careless blindness of humans throughout the worlkd is appalling. Our idea seems to be "We need to make money first then we'll see if the animals, fish, forests and the Earth itself for that matter to will survive but money and profit comes first...we'll if we can fit you in later.


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