Inside the Whale
‘Get inside the whale,’ says Orwell, – or rather, admit that
you are inside the whale (for you are, of course).
— Fiona McGregor Strange Museums
we travel in the dark, a woman
in the landscape asks a question,
with no way to cross. Our hands
curl for this unreachable drama,
but you have it wrong and I have enough
only to fly inside this whale.
to clarify another, here we crown
ourselves with stone,
the faces and olive leaves,
the isolated loaves.
it’s over and over the parent you can’t escape,
the walls of an old conquest
that waves its fashion for freedom,
so old hat even in your absurd revolution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Zajkowski was born in Lower Hutt and currently lives in Melbourne. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia, USA and the UK. ‘Inside the Whale‘ was written in response to Fiona MacGregor‘s Strange Museums, a travel memoir about Poland.