In November 2020 a metro train that overran the stop blocks at a station
outside Rotterdam was saved from plummeting 10m into the water below
by a giant plastic sculpture of a whale’s tail.
THE TRAIN: It’s not what it looks like.
THE WHALE: Nor am I.
THE TRAIN: I’m stranded.
THE WHALE: You’ve suffered an uncoupling.
THE TRAIN: The yellow jackets are taking measurements.
THE WHALE: You should have been listening.
THE TRAIN: I couldn’t hear over the shrill blue noise of whalesong.
THE WHALE: You should have been watching for the signs.
THE TRAIN: They’ve taken a swab from the signal points.
THE WHALE: Did you notice the black-backed gulls overhead?
THE TRAIN: Splash me in oil and put me on a stretcher of steel.
THE WHALE: The ones now pecking out your eyes.
THE TRAIN: Release me into the diesel sea where I can swim free.
THE WHALE: You should spend a bit of time on you.
THE TRAIN: Under the water are you smirking through your baleen?
THE WHALE: Have a bubble bath. Put a favourite record on.
THE TRAIN: When are you coming up for air?
THE WHALE: For the nightmares, try a sleep app.
THE TRAIN: How much longer can you hold me?