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A Dip of the Head

Poetry By: Wilbur

whale's hyoid-bone is the secret of their locomotion - who knew??

Submitted:May 20, 2012    Reads: 28    Comments: 5    Likes: 2   

A Dip of the Head

Know what a whale does when it moves its head?
It isn't its back muscles, no, see, instead
It's the hyoid bone buried deep inside its throat
That's what tugs the head of this great gigantic boat
A whale swims up and down like a galloping horse
Not surprising, that's its ancestry, as you know, of course
So it does a rise and dip which starts with its head
But it's not back muscles, like the first thing that I said
It begins with the dip, much like we swimmers do
Faces in the water, keeping our heads down too
Rise every few strokes to take in some air
Of course we've arms and legs take us everywhere
But that huge old magnificence some 65 feet long
Testicles weigh a ton, penis huge and strong
Does all of its swimming by the grace of this bit
That works like a horse to keep a whale's bowsprit
Moving up and down and help the whale swim
Like a super duper extra smart must-have underbrim
Pulling upward then downward, up hill then down dale
To make graceful arcs possible, hyoid locomotes the whale
So this giant pachyderm travels its sea ground
Between muscles and synovial joints hyoid bone is bound
First above and then below always with a seesaw motion
What a wondrous marvel as a whale travels the ocean
Hard to see and not be amazed at this Neptune-ic legionnaire
Whose beauty and grace resembles the bayadere
So wave an awed farewell to this master of the seas
This marvelous mysterious king great as any Pyrenees
This is my first and last attempt to serve as you read
Little known esoterica in a whale-esque writ screed


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