May 27*

Smith Island, Washington

first weekend of halibut season
flat tides all day
perfect water

brine the horse herring
collect the heavy gear
prime the vision of outer hein bank

up at 4:30, checking marine weather
“small craft advisory”
sustained 27 knot wind at smith island

i wander about all day
landlocked
aimless

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

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