i have known the hunger of the sea for the shore
and also the slipstreams of mammals rushing out
from shore to sea: sea lions, otters, boys and girls.
i have seen the reverence of the shell for the sand,
the faith of the piper crab, the saltgrass’ firm belief.
i have heard and understood the wilder keenings of
the gulls who wheel out far beyond the tracings
of the fishing boats and the passageways of whales.
this knowledge has left striated tracks behind
along the ear canals, the corneas, the synapses
that have held them or have grasped and missed,
longings slipping through and slipping through.


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