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Jonah and the Whale

Rainer Bronner

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Jonah/BlueBoy

Jonah was born near the shore
where his ancestors roamed long before

Jonah/SunsetBeach-Oahu

filled with blood
from water of the sea

Young Jonah loved to read
stories of the ancient mariners

Jonah/HebrewBible

journeys, dreams,
and destiny

The Whale was born near the shore
where her ancestors roamed long before

Jonah/SunsetBeach-Oahu

filled with the power
to leap above the sea

Jonah/WhaleSurfacing

The young whale sang with joy
and waved to the dreaming boy

Jonah/WhaleWave

standing on the dock

Jonah/Dock

he waved back to her

Jonah/WavingBoy

Jonah was born on a barren land
but the sea is plentiful

Jonah/Cliff

he would earn his calloused hands
with every anchor rope he pulled

Jonah/Anchor

Three days and nights they had sailed out

Jonah/Captain

then the captain began to shout

Jonah/Mariner

"Calloused hands are needed where
ropes and harpoons are joined in prayer!"

Jonah/HarpoonJonah/PrayerHands

From sailor to whaler
is as sure as a hunger pain
and every whale is as blessed
as a farmer's rain

Jonah/WhaleShip

The echo of the harpoon gun
was the Whale's pain

Jonah/WhaleBlows

her soul flew to the sun

Jonah/MermaidSmall

as darkness fell with the blood and rain

Jonah/WhaleHunt

Jonah rolled his sleeve
over his harpoon tattoo

Jonah/Man

asked the captain for some leave
there was something he had to do

Jonah walked along the shore
where their ancestors roamed long before

Jonah/Fog

looking for the Whale's blow
listening for her songs of joy

Jonah walked along the shore
where their ancestors roamed long before

Jonah/Rocks

Jonah remembered a dreaming boy
carving a whale for a bath-tub toy

Jonah/ShoreBoy

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Rainer Bronner


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Words and Design Copyright Rainer Bronner 1992 A.D. (All Rights Reserved)

Keywords: Jonah and the Whale, whales, cetaceans, sperm whale, humpback whale, whale hunting, Moby Dick, Greenpeace

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