Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, with a GGN update. Grey has had a tragic time in Swan Lake, which was pretty inevitable if you know the classic storyline. And our ol’ pal, Marc Latham, has created a new folding mirror poem. All the above are presented for you below in glorious greenygrey:
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We moored on the edge of Swan Lake. I changed into human form to go into Cudmirrah with the people. Barry and family were happy to lounge in the lake.
Swan Lake Cudmirrah
On the edge of town a man approached us and said he was a royal. Then he said he was about to harpoon me when I was a dolphin, but then saw me change into a human, and now he’d fallen in love with me.
I had just read up on Swan Lake, and thought this was beginning to mirror the plot a little too much for my liking, with my dolphin-human self mirroring the swan-human of Swan Lake.
Breaking the Swan Lake Spell
So I said I was just passing through, and although very flattered, wouldn’t be able to spend any time with him. He seemed a little disappointed, but accepted it.
We continued into Cudmirrah, which is a lovely town in a beautiful setting, and stocked up on provisions for the onward journey.
We were about to leave the lake and head out to open sea when we saw the ‘royal’ dive into the far end of the lake. An older woman was shouting ‘Prince Siegfried, no, don’t do it, come back.’
A Tragedy in Swan Lake
I was shocked, but didn’t really want to get involved. Barry said he wanted to help, so he untied his harness, and started swimming towards the lake edge; his wife and children said they wanted to go along too, so they followed close behind.
We watched them closely, and this meant we unfortunately witnessed a horrific incident. As our dolphin friends rose out of the water and into the air, half-way there, a salvo of harpoons landed amongst them.
I broke free of my harness and set off to look for Barry and family, but half-way there I saw them ascending into the sky, clicking and smiling with love just the same as when they’d played in the water; it was a scene straight out of Swan Lake, literally and metaphorically.
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I returned to the others with a heavy heart, hardly believing what I had just witnessed. Barry and his bottlenose family wiped out just like that.
Losing Friends and Family
I remembered our first meeting in Kalbarri all those months ago, and over the other side of the continent. As I ploughed through an ocean that suddenly seemed against me; gently lapping waves now felt arrow-sharp.
It was in complete contrast to the morning, when the same sea had seemed to lift me through the waves with energy, love and vibrancy; but to what it must not have known.
Maybe it now shared my mourning, or blamed me as I blamed myself.
I did feel somehow responsible. If we hadn’t met in Kalbarri, and again in Bingie, maybe Barry would still be making his way up the east coast with the rest of the family.
And then I’d also been thinking grand thoughts more suited to Green than myself; had I overstepped my boundaries?
Body, Mind and Spirit Rescue the Situation
My trepidation increased as I approached the others, still not knowing how I would tell them the terrible news.
As I approached the raft, Cathy jumped in the ocean and swam to me. I was about to tell her the news, when she said it was okay, they already knew that Barry and family had left us; she had also seen them rising into the air.
It lifted my spirits and lightened my load as I climbed up to join the others in the raft. I told them what had happened and Angry said it was meant to be; Barry had told him in Cudmirrah that Swan Lake must be a tragedy.
Knowing that Barry had accepted the inevitability of the tragedy made me feel better, and I was thankful to Angry for a good use of his mind.
I asked the others what we should do now, without Barry and family to pull us. Elle said she was feeling strong, and would join me in the harness to pull the raft. I thought it would be an incredibly helpful use of her body, and quickly thanked her.
Having decided our futures, we rested for a few hours and thought of our lost friends.