Deah found two Minke whales washed up dead on Waikawa beach last week on the Kapiti coast. She wrote this poem after finding the second whale.
Minke Whale – Dead
In life she cruised the oceans deep
Sieving time as with the tides.
Awakened, untouched in her element
Fulfilled and for-filling purpose
She looked as Minke looks,
Of fat, length, flippers long, dorsal curved.
Bullet head, baleen filters, grooved throat.
And carrying unborn calf.
She ingested mans dross
For she encountered so few and knew little of their way.
Alive on the waves
Curious of man
And now dead
She died on beach,
Bulldozer ripped from element water.
Dragged with no ceremony
Duveted by dune.
Wind to remake her bed.
And long dead.