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Whale Fall

“Its carrion / carries on” /

Whale falls provide a sudden, concentrated food source and a bonanza for organisms in the deep sea.
National Ocean Service

Starer: erst-
while whale.

Its carrion
carries on,
to seabed.

by hunger
drop anchor.

a waste cetacean
way station,
host to
itsy cities.

The mortal
mother lode:
manna for
as many years
as lived
their lord.

Daniel Leonard is a poetry MFA candidate at Boston University, where he was recently awarded the Hurley Prize. His poems have appeared in First Things, North Central Review, and elsewhere. See his previous poem for The Behemoth, “Cast.”

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