A Few Unicorn Facts You Probably Don’t Know

Poetry

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The Unicorn/Ruby Van Bendegem

it’s hard to cuddle a narwhal on your lap 

but you can do it when they’re small 

like a trout or a smelt or a mackerel 

 

watch out for their antlers 

most people don’t know 

that young whales have antlers 

 

the narwhals decide at a very young age 

whether they want antlers or a tusk 

everyone chooses a tusk 

 

no one has ever chosen the antlers 

which then fall off and drift down 

to the bottom of the ocean 

 

it’s very rare for humans to see 

a young whale with antlers 

 

but when they do they’re always 

surprised to note

the antlers are the colour 

of a burnt orange

KB Nelson is a Canadian writer who thrives in the intersection of art and science. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Tiny Spoon, Nourish-Poetry, Sea-To-Sky Review, and Polar Borealis. She currently lives and combs the beach on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.

Ruby Van Bendegem is retired after over three decades as a journalist and a lawyer and is the recovering mother of four. She lives and paints in northwestern Ontario, Canada. On summer days, you will find Ruby and her husband paddling a canoe or kayak on the waters of Lake Superior.