The Heart and Soul of a Whale

I found myself in the mouth of a whale,

In the mouth of a word named Hope.

I was alone in this room of bone

With a candle, a crow, and you.

Can you guess who swallowed who?

The crow said he wanted my eyes

So he could "better view the skies,"

And you hid, afraid, from my Sight,

So I untied them and lent them to him.

Now I found myself in the throat of a whale,

In the throat of a word named Hope,

Cleaning your secret trail of tears

With my matted hair of rope.

I was alone in this tunnel of bone

With a Caring, a crow, and you.

Can you guess who swallowed who?

The crow claimed he saw an escape,

A window of a circular shape.

Though his wings were too withered to stray,

He promised to bring you back stars,

So I helped him on his way.

We found ourselves in the chest of a whale,

In the chest of a word named Hope.

We were alone in this hall of bone

With Innocence, blindness and you.

Can you guess who swallowed who?

The months passed by as we sang and danced,

'Till one day the walls grew cold,

And you shivered in you tin bones,

And I knew then that my life without you

Was without Hope.

So, I made a coat of skin,

While you rusted from within.

I remained in the heart of a whale,

Around your arms of Hope.

You were alone in this carcass worn

With Warmth and lips of blue.

Can you guess that I loved you?

Once the dead whale was hauled on land,

It was opened by a featherless Man,

Who cried, "I have harpooned the whale,

The vessel of that treasure, Hope,

Yet what do I find but a scared metal girl,

And a torn, dismembered rag doll?"

"Give me her eyes," the tin girl sang,

"Since you bring no stars.

"Your selfish deceit has slaughtered love

"Which was the only Hope."

My home now is in the heart of a girl,

A woman now fully grown.

And Man cannot assault this home,

This empire of flesh and bone.

Man cannot extinguish the light

That burns on waves of foam,

Protected by My intemperate power:

The strength of the ocean dome.