Mother Love

Mother Love

A Poem by Dave Brown



A Mother’s love, how deep does it go

It was mother Orca J35, that let us all know

For seventeen months, she carried her baby

And when finally born, she suffered a terrible blow


The wee calf stayed alive for just twenty minutes

But so anticipated, a connection was made

The twenty-year old mother’s complex emotions

Were unable to let that connection just fade


The distraught mother carried her dead calf

Through Pacific waters, 1000 miles in 7 sad days

Unable to part with her precious possession

For that unprecedented span, her mind in a haze


Then, in a quiet bay, as daylight whispered away

Grieving pod females, surface-circled for a goodbye

For two hours they were centered in moon’s soft light

In that circle of sorrowed females, not a single dry eye


Tahlequah is pregnant again, we watch and wait

But the Southern residents are slowly fading away

There are many who know and who care

Will it be enough to help them re-find their day?





© 2020 Dave Brown

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I read about this today. Such a sad thing but hopefully all goes well with the new pregnancy.

Posted 6 Days Ago

Dave Brown

6 Days Ago

If you read about it then you know how the whole Orca situation is not good
Stay safe

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Added on July 30, 2020
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Dave Brown
Dave Brown

gabriola island, BC - British Columbia, Canada

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