At peace,

Serenely cruising,


In no hurry.

Effortlessly gliding along,

Lost in the quiet.

Thinking thoughts,

Lost in wonder,

In the moment of being,

Composing songs

To gently croon

Across the vastness

Of oceans

To family and friends.


At peace,

With no enemies,

No need for technology,

No need for weapons.

Traversing the globe,

In no hurry.

To the icy poles

To languidly feed

On the vast shoals,

The plentiful bounty,

Until sated.

Then to the shallow lagoons

To gleefully meet,

To frolic in the warmth

Of friendship,

To mate

And give birth.

To play.

A life of ease.


At peace.

Back to now,

To be one with the oceans,

To add to the song

Of life.

Under the stars,

The sun and moon.

In freedom.

A free spirit,

A guru of the unfathomable,

Chaser of mysteries,

An aesthete who craves


A wonderer.

A wanderer.

A mystic of the deep.





Who knows what giant thoughts go on in the minds of such huge brains?


They have chosen a life of serenity. Not the hustle and bustle of cities but the quiet solitude of being at one with nature.


They live in a world without danger, without enemies and without limits. Food is plentiful. There is no need to shelter from the elements, to hunt, to starve.


They have no need for weapons, shelters or armies, for possessions, work or ownership. They have no war, crime or endless toil. They do not have to scratch a living out of a difficult terrain. They have all they need.


It is a quiet life of contemplation, composing intricate melodies to share across oceans.


They are exquisite musicians, artists and procrastinators.


Their garret is the sea.


They have all they could ever want.


They lived in their millions. There were estimated to have been a million and a half blue whales.


Then came man.


opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 5:23am
With Japan going back to commercial whaling it is time for all civilised people to oppose this barbaric practice. These gentle, intelligent creatures deserves better than to die in agony at the hands of these callous profit-driven hunters.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 9:20am
Excellent poem. Got me some goose bumps there.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:11am
Nice. And when man is gone they will still be there
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:14am
Yep. And you won't be remembered by what you have bought and left your children, but what you have done for them and the people - immaterially.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:17am
Stone - thanks. Glad you liked it.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:19am
When man is gone, one of n thousand species will be gone. The earth will keep on turning, and maybe in a distant future a new species will emerge and think: Was there eventually another civilization here before us ?
...and when the sun expands as a red giant and swallows the earth....time will have stopped for any living being.
Hm.....gotta ask "god" about that seriously LOL
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:21am
Burger - hopefully - the meek shall inherit the earth!
But I rather suspect that we'll take them with us. The population of Blue Whales is now between just 10 - 25,000. They were estimated to be up at around 1,500,000 before we started killing them.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:24am
Stone - you are right - it is what we share of ourselves that really counts.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:27am
Ive never killed one, have you? We? Got a mouse in your pocket? ;)
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:37am
Lol Burger - that's we - as a species.
I used to have a mouse in my pocket when I was a lad, and a rat, slowworm, gerbil and hamster. My pocket was a menagerie. My mind was a menagerie too.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:46am
It still is friend 
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 10:56am
I had a dog. a wild pig, a parakeet and a monkey as pets. But none was and is so entertaining as my wife.....;-)
Steel Breeze Added Dec 28, 2018 - 11:30am
although i have an admiration for them, if these animals were half as smart as folks giv'em credit for......avoiding whalers would be a snap...
Ryan Messano Added Dec 28, 2018 - 11:31am
Leviathan is the big gubmint you and your fellow liberals love, Opher.  The problem is your ideas.  Man is innately flawed, and the best of us recognize that.  The worst never do.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 11:58am
Burger - hopefully.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 11:59am
Stone - I wouldn't call my wife entertaining but I guess I love her more than any of my pets.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 12:02pm
Steel - it depends what sort of intelligence, how trusting and the mindset I think. When you have not had any enemies your mind -probably doesn't work that way. It's like a bunch of yobs attacking a religious aesthete hermit. They would find it hard to understand why he doesn't retaliate or try to escape.
Besides, where do you hide in an ocean? You have to come up for air.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 12:47pm
.....that was a joke LOL A woman is as entertaining as you are. I noticed that women often lack the ability to notice irony and sarcasm. As our friend Rihanna...sorry.....Ryanna here LOL
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 12:49pm
BTW: Did you notice that Ryanna almost every time she gets into an article is the only one who has a NEGATIVE comment ? LOL
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 2:31pm
Stone - OK - I'm a bit slow right now! Yes I noticed. I ignore the miserable git.
Neil Lock Added Dec 28, 2018 - 2:39pm
Opher, you have reminded me of Mogg Tsur. And of Charlie, Prince of Whales. Not nice thoughts.
But if you think humans are endangering whales, you should ask the question TBH did, but personally: When did I last kill a whale? If the answer is "I've never killed, or voluntarily contributed to killing, a whale," the next question is; Who - which specific individuals, or companies, or governments - are, or have been, killing whales? Then, you should go after them, and stop bothering those of us who are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
I quit here. You go my mail in my last article. Would be nice to hear from you :-)
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 4:02pm
Neil - was I accusing you?
No. I was pointing the finger at the bastards that hunt whales. Don't take things so personally.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 6:15pm
Thanks Mogg - I'm greatly impressed with your bardic abilities.
opher goodwin Added Dec 28, 2018 - 6:42pm
Mogg - in your case it certainly is.
John Minehan Added Dec 29, 2018 - 8:28am
Baleen Whales are the "Hippies of the Deep."
The world's oceans are their salad bars (with LOTS of the little shrimp).
Their major concern: getting someone to design Birkenstocks for flukes 
John Minehan Added Dec 29, 2018 - 8:34am
"The population of Blue Whales is now between just 10 - 25,000. They were estimated to be up at around 1,500,000 before we started killing them."
One million five hundred thousand seems a large number for a population of animals that huge.  The largest Blue Whales may be the largest animal that ever lived. 
The real problem, if I understand it is not hunting, it is accidents, like running into ship's props.  
Stephen Hunter Added Dec 29, 2018 - 8:50am
Nice post Opher, sure makes you think. Actually reminded me of a Star Trek movie where they had to go back in time and save a whale in San Francisco Bay, because it's temporal father came looking for it in a future time, and got extremely pissed that it had been killed off by man. 
opher goodwin Added Dec 29, 2018 - 6:44pm
John - Lol - not a care in the world! That's the life. Pondering and singing. Then some cruel, heartless thug blows you up with a harpoon!
opher goodwin Added Dec 29, 2018 - 6:46pm
John - that is the latest estimate.
Nowadays it is propellers. But back in the day they hunted them mercilessly. That is what did the damage to population numbers.
opher goodwin Added Dec 29, 2018 - 6:46pm
Thanks Stephen. I don't remember that episode and I thought I'd seen them all.