Danny Draper

Freshman - 716 Points (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Silent Call (For Maurice) - Poem by Danny Draper

In the hum between beast and machine
At rest on bunk too awake to dream
Whale voices clear and clean
Pinged the wall of the submarine
Calls stretched, shrieked, rang and fell
Absorbing echoes off the hull
Reverberated, amplified and vibrated
Air within the shell,
Skilled navigators devoid of sight
Aware without acknowledgement
Secretive and cautious
Each to protect their own,
Passed inside the darkness,
To parts
That will remain to each but known.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written for my brother Maurice a retired sub-mariner after his story of listening to whales while lying in his bunk in a submerged submarine.

Comments about Silent Call (For Maurice) by Danny Draper

  • (9/3/2012 4:12:00 AM)

    Like Charles James said...whoa...the song of the whales is hauntingly beautiful....Nice piece here Danny! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (8/22/2012 5:46:00 AM)

    This brings home the experience, the loneliness, spookiness Whale voices clear and clean
    Pinged the wall of the submarine
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  • (8/22/2012 3:31:00 AM)

    Lovely danny, the hum between beast and machine, im animal mad (dont know if you knew that lol) but this line took me to so many places before i even headed further through the poem..air within a shell, now that disturbs me lol i know its necessary but i found that for some reason stifling
    Each to protect their own.... hmmmm is that their thoughts their secret thoughts their country or merely fish and gigantic metal fish full of people (makes me think of Jonah) i used to love that story and could burst into song...but im not that unkind lol... a lovely write dear friend which had me off on tangents but they were good tangents and your brother how lucky is he to of listened to that!
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  • (8/21/2012 11:47:00 PM)

    and yet, there are reports
    from the early days
    of attempted matings,
    adoption of the little ones,
    rude worship of the big.
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  • Valerie Dohren (8/20/2012 8:22:00 AM)

    Whales are wonderful creatures, highly intelligent - interesting and excellent write Danny. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/20/2012 7:01:00 AM)

    Apparently, different clans of sperm whales use a different repertoire of 'codas' to communicate.
    I wonder if they try to talk to the submarines. Strangers in the night- very good.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012

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