March 5*

beach pebbles on Lummi Island

rearranging geology

walking the beach at low tide
find the perfect
weighted stone
fling it hard

skips and gambols
across three successive tongues
of 100 million year old
chuckanut sandstone
then flips and dives
zipping into the cold water

finding its new home
for the next thousand years
or so.

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

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