Sydney to Vancouver Crossing

And there, off the ferry's side,
one fin, dorsal, dark,
its fine shape sharp within the water,
turns and lifts,
cuts above the turquoise brightness
of its pectoral wings--
orca, largest dolphin,

Orca, Inuit stone carving.

Carved chest with orca, cedar and abalone, and cedar paddle, from Ugashik, Alaska, 1996.



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