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The Spirit of the Walrus

The Spirit of the Walrus

Price: $8.00
ISBN 1-892471-27-2
44 pages, small format
copyright©2005
Bright Hill Press

 

 

The Spirit of the Walrus

INUA

"The Eskimos believed that the inua
of an animal enjoyed being hunted
with a beautiful implement."

William W. Fitzhugh
National Geographic Vol. 163, No. 2
February 1983

The spirit of the walrus
yearned for the flung harpoon
to bear the finest carver's mark

his own father's tusk
incised with lines and eyes
to hold the blade

the beauty of the tool
made pursuit itself an art
death a pleasure

his inua would find
inside an unborn animal
a future home

Elisavietta Ritchie


[ Poetry Vol. CLXXIX No. 5 copyright February 2002 ]

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