Saturday, January 02, 2016

earth note 383

a couple hundred bodies
on a narrow strip of beach
brought a new year
into focus
where they all came from
isn't so important
as where they might all be going
young ones in floatation
old ones creaking on beach chairs

hurricane season may be hiding
but there's a tornado or three
in the midwest
our floods are coming home
to roost
every kayak a life boat

a mangrove becomes our nest
the sun squeezing in
equals a puddle rising up
an uneasy equilibrium
won't dry the clothes

a swarm of needle fish
dive below the pier
a fishing line and pelican
shake off entanglement
     there are no absolute destinations

--- e b bortz

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