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Land of the Rainbow Gold

Eden is the home of fishing fleets. In the past there was whaling too but these days whale watching is the go but not at this time of year, they have just finished their migration.

From Whales Weep Not! by D.H. Lawrence
"They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge
on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs.
The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers
there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of
the sea!

And enormous mother whales lie dreaming suckling their whale-
tender young
and dreaming with strange whale eyes wide open in the waters of
the beginning and the end.

And bull-whales gather their women and whale-calves in a ring
when danger threatens, on the surface of the ceaseless flood
and range themselves like great fierce Seraphim facing the threat
encircling their huddled monsters of love.
And all this happens in the sea, in the salt
where God is also love, but without words:
and Aphrodite is the wife of whales
most happy, happy she!

and Venus among the fishes skips and is a she-dolphin
she is the gay, delighted porpoise sporting with love and the sea
she is the female tunny-fish, round and happy among the males
and dense with happy blood, dark rainbow bliss in the sea."


  1. Wonderful image of the misty mountains and the fleet in Eden. How many kms and how many days did this trip take? Did you share the driving? I would like to do something like this.

    David Herbert is lyrical and enthusiastic - but he could perhaps do with a good editor ...

  2. Yes indeed, what are hammerhead sharks doing among the whales?

    I don't always pick good poetry. Sometimes I am just happy to find a match from a reasonably respectable poet. In this case it was the fact that it about whales and ended in a rainbow that won me.

    The round trip 2000kms over 5 days. No I didn't do any of the driving because we were towing the trailer and I am not educated on such things. Further, I don't drive with my husband in the car -- it saves our marriage.


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