Orcas and Orcus

Why are the orcas attacking the ships?
The orca,
Descended from Orcus —
God of the underworld
And death —
Who punishes
Breakers of pledges and oaths
Has orcas sic and seek out those
Of course, the orcas are eager to help
After all that they’ve suffered
And witnessed
As well
Their habitats poisoned
Who else will join them?

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber