poem: August 7*

Great Blue Heron, Blackie Spit Park, Crescent Beach, British Columbia

a neatly-scribed rising
sun     in iridescent phase-change
moving through     electric-
mauve vaporizing clouds

the long languid days     of heat
finally catch up
to the winter chill
remnant in the deep earth

thick banks of recent water
drape over the islands and open sea
as if to suffocate
silhouettes

of herons at dawn
gleaning low tide shoreline
focussed, feeling pressed           by memory
of relentless cold rain                 of dim winter days

                but by afternoon
                all will swelter
                fog burned off
                herons sated
                in the drowse of summer

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
. . . . .
Great Blue Heron Copyright © 2008, Alan D. Wilson

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