October 20*

Copyright © 2009, Alan D. Wilson

solitary flirting gust of wind
etches nest of black prickles on the water

directly above
a pastiche of dark/light birds

                         wavers, feigns, darts, swirls

twining, dancing
the nexus of one mind

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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photo copyright © 2009, Alan D. Wilson

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October 15*

Lummi Island, Washington

old ragged fir on the point, steadfast and solid
has no boundaries, never ends:

     anchored to the earth
     held up by the earth

     roots commingling with slather of microbes and wandering worms
     incessantly probing the dark soil, farther, farther

     gases of the air spewing back and forth through its needles
     sending stray molecules of fir out on the winds, forever

     suspended by the sky
     pulled up by the sun

more present and more precarious
more like a rock and more like a memory, every year

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Photo: Jason Goldstein/DNR

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October 8*

silver salmon

skiff twirls in tide run
green candlefish jig
thirty feet deep off gooseberry point
wham! surge!
a play of perfect resistance,
wet net, flapping strong
seven pound silver salmon

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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salmon image

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October 1*

The sunset view from Lummi Island

delicate neon filigree
trickling through
thick slate slab
of heavy cloud
oozing over vancouver island

last prayer of summer
caught within the first winter surge

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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September 27*

photo by Todd Elsworth

two days of hard wind, hard blue skies
everything swirling, swirling
          tree blown down, power out for 6 hours
          two kayakers
          headed for patos from lummi
          drown, boats in pieces
          probably never made it past
          the wild standing chop off village point

then four days of large calm
bright skies bright stars

          like taking a photo of stillness
          and living within it, without breathing

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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photo by Todd Elsworth

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September 20*

photo © 2008, Alan D. Wilson

birds:
creatures that fly
(rats with wings)

         names
         get stuck, mired
         in details, commonness

birds:
beings of moving air
unfurled resplendent grace

and flight. . .      marvelous flight!

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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photo © Alan D. Wilson

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September 14*

the view from Lummi Island

sunset
a thin combed wisp
of cirrus
alive
burning with light

islands purple and black
the water marching north
under a tousling breeze

and above
nothing
except the odd molecule
between me
and the far edge of the universe

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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