December 31*

held here
         by the entire earth

surrounded by
         skittish, fragile beliefs
         unseen fantasy
         restless, sacred fear
         the exigent, teeming culture

we exist
         watching
         breathing
         floating

in our own exact way.
in grace.   with gratitude.

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

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