July 22*

Lummi Island beach ~ photo by Luther Allen

some visitors
wander uncomfortably
confused, unsure
on the beach                having forgotten

others
seep in
excited, eyes vibrant as light
swirl the sand
gather stones
say “boat” and “gull” and “wave”

touch the water
laugh in rhythm

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

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July 19*

it is in our memory
when there were no words

but experience seemed to sometimes coalesce
into meaning, some sort of bewitching unity

which gave forth—birthed—words
and each word was a poem—marvelous, infinite

blossoming to a litter of words, sentences, stories
books and thoughts
of every unimaginable sort

and now:
there is something here
—many somethings—
sure, strong, active
for which there are no words

i cannot tell you
look.
breathe.
apprehend.

remember.

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

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July 13*

Sucia Island

against the dark flanks
of sucia, so wild and desolate
in winter, white splashes
of canvas, hulls
stacked and gay

crowded in destination

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

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July 7*

sunset from Lummi Island

clouds stream, pour
out of orcas, splay
to the northeast, cast
overwhelming shadows
               and fill the entire sky, earth

everything we do seems small
thoughts seem furtive, and
are hidden away

i feel exposed, vulnerable
and slip into tree shade
knowing my part in this
is to merely
               bear witness
               to much larger
               energy

pouring.
streaming

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

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July 4*

fireworks

on the beach, finally dark at 10:30
crowds scattered in beach fires:

popping vibrant colors of the deep cosmos:
explode, burst, spray,
detonate, shake, bang,
shatter, splash, splatter,
smoke, fizz, spume,
blast, bang, boom!

the oohs and ahhs
the rapture of erupture!

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

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June 19*

double rainbow

double rainbow
arc’d prism of every color
replicated, placed
just so, in resonance

the infinite play
of infinite energy

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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June 16*

walking home late
through tunnel of grey shrinking light
too easily wandering
into the nether parts of night
and its dark tendrils
of fear and trust
succor and risk

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

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