December 17*

snow on Lummi

the first snow
roads are all ice
vehicles splayed everywhere

we sit safely on the ferry
mark the purser says:
no problem with traction out here

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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photo: Artisan Wine Gallery, Lummi Island

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December 10*

moon over Orcas

the moon in its journey
rises into ice aura
then is swallowed into
predawn swirl of mist,
cloud pulse,
tide work

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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November 28*

NASA photo

i can understand that perfect physics
that balance of gravity
holding earth to/from the sun

i do not understand, cannot
why we float, revolve, rotate, move

there can be no other reason
than silent, divine grace of intervention

                    plus — if we didn’t move
                    we might exist
                    forever
                    in this form.

                                        think of all
                                        the problems
                                        that would
                                        cause.

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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November 24*

Thomas Wood - Moonlight Lummi Island Cove

we meander the beach at midnight
suspended soft waves and moon
firs rearing black against stardrift
then someone stops, agape
look!   there!   and there!
we all stop.
mesmerized in delight —
phosphorescent winks in curl
of each wave
cold electric green blips
from nowhere, making
sentences of light,
enchantment

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Thomas Wood – Moonlight Lummi Island Cove

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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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