Sharon Chmielarz

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So Many Kinds of Theatre

Have you heard the story of New Zealanders,
trying to save a beached whale and her calf?
The humans were at the point of giving up,
the whale, too, when a dolphin came swimming along

and talked to the whale, talked in a language
humans don’t understand, and the whale
rolled and followed the dolphin, the whale and her calf
slipped into the bay, swam into the ocean,

never to be seen again. True story. At the end,
the New Zealanders stood cheering. Rows of them,
on the beach.

Why wouldn’t we humans
invent theatre? Why wouldn’t we want to see
plays where the defeated triumph and go on?

from The Sky is Great, the Sky is Blue, Whistling Shade Press