Melville’s Whale – by Michael Igoe

Remaining in place                                                                                                                                                                          near the punchbowl.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Was that what you thought:                                                                                                                                          dorsal fins in large numbers,                                                                                                                                                beneath their rubbery spouts.                                                                                                                                                  In your black gloved grasp,                                                                                                                    
Maybelline and half a pack.
I can’t wait much longer,                                                                                                                                             for a half note’s probing,                                                                                                                                                                  I hate holding my
Michael IgoeMichael Igoe, city boy, neurodiverse, numerous works appear in journals and anthologies (,, online and print. Recent:,, Spare Change News (Cambridge MA). National Library of Poetry Editor’s Choice Award 1997. Twitter: MichaelIgoe5 Website