"For Tranströmer" by Norman Dubie was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on January 15, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:
Norman Dubie (b. 1945) is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous books of poetry. Additional biographical information may be found here:
Tomas Tranströmer (b. 1931) is considered to be one of Sweden's most important poets. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011. Additional biographical information may be found here:
The poem depicts a tragic beaching of whales and a woman who counts them. The woman is praised for taking the time to document the number of beached whales while also being a busy and productive member of society and the military.