Off Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida

by Bhavika Sicka Issue: Spring/Summer 2020
The last vaquita will know her fate,
and won’t bother to stop to hunt, to sleep,
nor even to mate—with whom would she
              get it on even if she were to desire to? She will
              merely embark on her final and solitary journey
              across the Pacific waters, with no destination
                           in sight. In the daytime she’ll loll in the emerald
                           sunlight, munching a beakful of trout or grunt
                           or squid—whichever floats or drifts her way—
              and when dusk unfurls its tinsel gillnet
              over the darkening deep, she’ll carry on
              across the dimming lagoons, unhurried,
for there will be nothing to hurry toward.
She’ll leave the shallow cloister of the bay
and make her way beyond its seagrass beds,
              her form dipping and rising, dipping and rising
              like a crescent grey sliver, weaving and diving
              until it disappears somewhere over the horizon.
                           She may pause to feel the day’s last rays
                           on her fin. She may pause, however briefly,
                           to turn around, to make sure it’s truly over.

Bhavika Sicka

Bhavika Sicka was born and raised in Calcutta, India. She holds a BA in English from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, and an MFA from Old Dominion University. She is currently based in Norfolk, Virginia, where she works as an adjunct professor of composition and literature. She has been a finalist for The Times of India's Write India contest and the recipient of the 2019 Dickseski Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Arkana, Lunch Ticket, and Waxwing, among other journals.