July 23*


rock at tideline
in perfect formed shape of itself

striated and smooth and dark
crystalline interstitial lattice
shifted and tumbled by waves

a billion times

placed, ground amongst other rocks
larger and smaller
until each one fits

it is here, in this place, exactly
because of all that.

perhaps there should be an understanding
prayer        reverence        agreement

if it is picked up        pulled out
flung far away        or taken home

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

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