Poetry / Poets

Killer Whales by Joseph Friedrichs

A dozen orcas are trapped
under the ice
in the Far North.

A lone break in the frozen surface
provides a hole from which to breathe.

God’s polar bear approaches the hole
to merely observe the strange situation.

A man
remembering he is armed
shoots the bear.

Up the moon.

Down the sun.


3 thoughts on “Killer Whales by Joseph Friedrichs

  1. Joseph Friedrichs is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. He is the author of two books, including “Down Like Lazarus,” a book of poetry. Friedrichs is a 2005 graduate from the University of Montana School of Journalism. He lives in his car.

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