Living Wild


Hello Irene,

Congratulations on your 10 year Blogiversary!  Ten years!  WOW!  That is something to celebrate.  Here is my wild offering to you.

I have had a wild dream to swim with whales. . . well, for most of my life.  Not long ago, I awoke to find this video sent to me by my daughter:

“Mom, this is you isn’t it?”  “This is what you’d love to do!”  She’s right.  She knows.  I watched this video over and over.  Trying to feel how this surfer felt during this encounter.

It’s wild.  I know.  But it truly is something I long to experience.  This poem is in response to the video and also in response to your wild request.  You will also find my OLW tucked inside of the poem.  I’m looking forward to seeing your collection of wild posts!

            Living Wild

Filled with whispers of hope

I paddle through clear blue 

pulling hard against white breakers which

lead to clear blue, once again.


Ripples of fear keep feet in tact with board,

Keep tremulous fingers gripping the paddle.

I am in company with the rarest of all whales,

Right Whale, once hunted to the brink of


I encounter 55 feet of gliding, endless black,

60 tons next to me until

a crusty bonnet head slides by and 

an inquisitive eye meets mine.


We exhale and breathe.

Bulbous flippers steer its bounty

Flukes tip and bend, 

tip and bend,

living wild.                                                        -Love to a wild woman who lives her dreams!

About kdoele

I am a teacher who continues to learn from students kindergarten through seventh grade. Currently teaching seventh grade English and Reading/Writing Workshop, I am exploring what it is like to "begin" again... my one little word for 2017.
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5 Responses to Living Wild

  1. Irene Latham says:

    Oh, Kim, that picture and your poem gives me chills! I want this wild experience for you SO MUCH. Can you imagine? To witness that power and grace, to commune so closely with giant, miraculous beings… yes yes yes! So happy to know you, and I am in love with that crusty bonnet head and especially those last 3 lines, which make a poem all by themselves. Thank you!! xo

  2. dmayr says:

    I hope you get your wish one day! I’ve been lucky to see a whale or two, and many dolphins, on a few New England whale watches. Thrill enough for me!

  3. Linda Baie says:

    I had one moment with a whale, but I was on a big boat, but did see that eye and could reach down to touch it. Your poem brings such a calm in the telling, but a wildness about to break through, lovely for this wild celebration. What a dream you have!

  4. Wow. Love this, especially “Bulbous flippers steer its bounty.” Lovely.

  5. Love the reverence in this poem… we have right whales off the SC coast here, but I’ve yet to see one in the wild. I did have a dream with whales in it the other night, though! I’ll have to show the video to my paddle-boarding son – thanks for sharing all.

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