The tide at crest carries me
To the hard land of my ancestors,
Mountain glen, green onion meadow.
Ebb tide pulls me to open seastead,
Washes from me one poem at a time.
Swirled water teems with life
When the world tilts… falling-off words
Know laughter, salt tears.
There is no way to write this gently:
There may be a plant called
Dead man fingers in the slough, the bog,
The estuary, where my life begins or ends,
Bursting with an unshallow tongue.
Also, common birds of sudden flight,
Glorytime. In spite of all that
Slip under my womanwing…
Plunge like a gull from the infinite
To find harbor in the lee:
I offer contemplation
Of greenbunched daffodils,
Or a rudderless leaf riding to the sea,
Copyright 2011 by Barbary Chaapel.