May 9*

sunset from Lummi Island

mile upon mile
of four billion year old saltwater
smeared smooth by no wind
ironed out flat
this day
in
slicked silvers
and glints of glimmer
and ghost clouds
               way off, rolled up
               over the islands, peaks
all in pale blue
vapor

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

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