Three poems by Don Kimball

“The Great White Whale”

– after Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Chapters 134-136


Imagine mad Ahab’s albino beast

catapulting

his behemothic bulk

skyward;

plowing ferocious furrows

in the Pacific blue,

streaking a snake-like foam

in its wake;

waves like

cataracts


cascading off

that coffin-shaped forehead;


his ponderous back

impaled


like a bull in the ring,

by a shock

of rusted harpoons, lances;

a seabird oddly

rocking on a shattered pole,

tail feathers,

like fluttering pennants,

mocking

Nantucket’s intrepid whale-hunters,