Grey Whale

Homero Aridjis

Grey whale,

once there is no more left of you than an image

of the dark shape that moved on the waters

in animal paradise,

once there is no memory,

no legend to log your life and its passage

because there is no sea where your death will fit,

I want to set these few words

on your watery grave:

‘Grey whale,

show us the way to another fate.’




Aridjis, Homero. “Grey Whale.” Trans. George McWhirter and Betty Ferber. Eyes to See Otherwise: Selected Poems = Ojos, de otro mirar. Eds. Betty Ferber and George McWhirter. New York: New Directions Book, 2002. p. 207.

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