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WAITING FOR THE WHALES Yupik 8 lines for contest

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WAITING FOR THE WHALES Yupik 8 lines for contest

                               WAITING FOR THE WHALES
                                        with the Yupik

          On icy shores the Yupik women grab their down-wrapped kids--
          Muscled men push-slide long boats from old white plastic skids.
          Squinting grey horizons -- snow-fog blurs keenest sight--
          Wondering which hunter fickle gods will take tonight.
          Seal skin gear repels the wet while ice finds nervous hands,
          Hunters --cheerful-- brave the cold that rules in Arctic lands.
          Suddenly a burst of water spits above their heads--
          Spears flash—too late—whale disappears--but not a soul is dead.

Yupik people are one of the Native American tribes 
of Eskimos in Northern Alaska whose traditional life included whale, polar bear and seal hunting.
The U.S. government allows them to hunt one whale per season to fulfill their religious
and cultural tradition.  This hunt was near Barrow, Alaska spring 2012.

Victoria Anderson-Throop ©
Jan 11 2013

Copyright © Victoria Anderson-Throop

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  1. Date: 2/22/2013 5:49:00 PM
    good couplets I like what I read, ~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 8:50:00 AM
    Victoria, :-) Congratulations in Debbie's fine " EIGHT Lines any KIND " contest. enjoy your day... PD

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 9:20:00 PM
    Our thoughts along the same lines. Congrats to you and your wonderful write. BG

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 1:57:00 PM
    I would love to hear more of this culture too! I love the inuit art. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

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    Date: 1/15/2013 2:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    maybe i will write more...hadn't thought about writing of it until the challenge of the contest!
  1. Date: 1/13/2013 6:08:00 AM
    Victoria congrats on your win, love this..David

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 5:58:00 AM
    Dear Victoria How beautiful those whales and danger-filled the story of the Yupik. Your last two lines artfully spare both hunter and whale. The melodious meter and rhyme are a pleasure to read. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 4:17:00 AM
    Congratulations Victoria xx

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 1:46:00 AM
    Well done, congratulations on win.

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:11:00 PM
    Great write Victoria, I imagined the scene.....Seren

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 4:06:00 PM
    This is wonderful, Victoria! I love its voice and your delivery. Good build up of suspense, you really kept me within your lines. If this is for Debbie, I'm fairly certain she will love this! Thanks for sharing this. Glad I stopped by, Smiles from Cyndi