November 19*

November 19

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

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November 13*

the first fresh view:
          intrigue of water, cloud, sky
          enticement of shore, its critters, kelp
          the beguilement of the inner forest, paths, meadows
          the delight of this island

the everyday view:
          the same old stuff, yeah, yeah
          we look only long enough to navigate
          reassuring ourselves that things are still there
          (in a blur, becoming work, symbol, instead of being)
          the confinement of island

the older, deeper view:
          immerse in sound, smell, light, touch
          remembering water, cloud, sky are
          not words, not those things, but
          marvelous interplay in some pattern
          that runs in us, feeding,
          nurturing, inciting, provoking.

                    this island as grounded center
                    of wandering bubbling fringe
                    of the universe, of the divine,
                    never knowable, never the same

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

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November 7*

Library of Congress

how seldom
i slip through
and hear
the plangent drumming
dugouts pushed into dark water
white smoke curling from
cedar longhouses warm
against the gelid hold
of hard winter,
of my hardened disregard.

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

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November 4*

Lummi Island, Washington

the curious winding estuary
encircling legoe bay
flat flat surface
held, formed by now-burnished marsh grass
blue heron a frozen fixture
waiting           perhaps
not even breathing

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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November 2*

Lummi Island Heritage Trust

within the sanctuary of the otto preserve
walking the circle, the labyrinth
seduced, beguiled by breeze
          rising energy of old second growth firs
          smooth flatness of grand fir needles
          crunch and sog of footstep
          glance of nervous doe, disappearing

slow down        see        feel
removed from the other, the outside
tracing footsteps
under some spell
treading before and after, long after

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

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October 30*

photo by Luther Allen

what creates
the allure of island
is being surrounded, enclosed, held completely
in the ever-changing mystery, the ever-deepening
allure
of water

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

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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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