April 17*

April 17

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

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April 12*

vermillion rockfish

jigging at 280 feet
on the far waters
the surface a slapping confused chop
inky boat-swirling eddies
but below
in the calm
lines straight down
hefty goggle-eyed
tasty
rockfish

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

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April 3*

April moon on water

oily wriggling squiggles
in 3 AM look through the scope

moonbeams dance on calm waters
yellow or blue      almost nervous

almost like brain waves
of our deep sleep

unaware           alone
but still            vibrant, squiggling

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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March 30*

in the long run

(i don’t care what
the biometricians,
the chaos theorists, the columnists,
the politicians, the corporate industrialists,
and all the rest of them funny off-islanders
say)

we are all one

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

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March 27*

sockeye salmon

grilled the last fish in the freezer
august sockeye from legoe bay

rose pink flesh full of oil —
fuel for the long journey never made

i carry the carcass down
return it to the sea                     where

it will travel to crabs, gulls, dogfish,
and the tiniest of critters, plankton,

and, eventually, other sockeye.
passing through, into.           becoming.

just like us.
just like it has always been.

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

the view from Lummi Island

bruised ragged light
held in wet lavender banks
rolling in from the deep

          pulses of sun, tide
          mystery

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

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March 20*

spring sprouts
March 20

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

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