Happy and Free

Drawing of a whale with spray coming from its blowhole and forming a rainbow. Caption reads: "Wanda the whale wandered the sea."

Happy and Free poem by Iris Carden

Wanda the whale
wandered the sea.
A whale's life
is happy and free.

Wanda would swim
Wanda would sing
She had no care
about anything.

A gigantic beast,
smaller beasts on board,
followed her a while,
and made her scared.

The beast was so loud,
she was disturbed,
Her lovely whale song
couldn't be heard.

She decided then 
to avoid such beasts.
But as problems go,
it wasn't the least.

Swimming the Pacific
she stopped to stare
at an island of rubbish
that shouldn't be there.

Wander then wondered
about all that mess.
It was just wrong
and caused her distress.

Wanda the whale
still wandered the sea.
Because of humans,
no longer happy.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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