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In the ocean this morning....
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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
In the ocean this morning.... on 10/11/2012 20:43:08 MDT Print View

A fleeting strobe
-lightning reflected on the face
of an incoming wave
Paddling out through raindrops, texture
on an otherwise glassy sea
The radio spoke to me of nukes this morning
and I’m trying to forget
It spoke of Little Boy and Fat Man
New Mexican uranium mines
and Oppenheimer fancying himself
-or was it us
the Hindu destroyer of worlds
All things I cannot begin to comprehend
things I do not want to comprehend
and I’m trying to forget
Before I can think too much
I’m saved-
A sea lion presents its head
peering at me quietly from dog-like eyes,
a slick black skull
close enough I can see water drip
from eyelids, earflaps, and whiskers
It floats upright, bobbing in the swells
just like a man, as big as a man
Yet knowing nothing
or enough
of man
to stay just out of reach


Photo: Alan Vernon

Edited by xnomanx on 10/11/2012 20:57:04 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
in the ocean on 10/11/2012 21:00:01 MDT Print View


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: In the ocean this morning.... on 10/11/2012 21:15:18 MDT Print View

I'm really enjoying these brief respites from chaff.
In chaff. Fitting.

Thanks for sharing.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: in the ocean on 10/11/2012 21:21:31 MDT Print View


Is that sea lion wearing an Obama button under the water? I can't quite see...

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: in the ocean on 10/11/2012 21:59:58 MDT Print View

...right back into chaff. Thanks Jerry. Beautiful +1. I think the seals know way more than we give them credit for.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
In the Ocean on 10/11/2012 22:25:34 MDT Print View

Three seals bobbing in the Mattole River.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
to bring it back to chaffiness on 10/11/2012 22:33:29 MDT Print View

but great poem, and sentiment.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: In the ocean this morning.... on 10/12/2012 08:25:33 MDT Print View

Thanks for the nice start to my day.