From the Dock

From the dock
the panorama of the Sound
archipelago in the sea of shifting tides
raging currents running first in then out
deep enough to bring barnacled whales
and to the shallows the smelt
dipped by shore

It’s overwhelming
the eye tries to take it all in
but it is just like a vast city high`rises
dark`ghettos sprawling across the land
home to teeming refugees & socialites
all here from someplace else
seeking something

Along the shore
the history lies told in sand
shell crushed bone ground to powder
here the sarcophagus of a lucky winkle
still intact soul washed out to the sea
there the claw of some crab
too slow to crawl

The broken line
of a gill`net a buoy attached
like an overboard fisherman clinging
for all his life to a rope already broken
in the sea that knows no one by name
yet gathers all their detritus
along its strand

From the dock
the panorama of the Sound
archipelago in the sea of shifting tides
raging currents running first in then out
a man does well to take the short view
We who think of being gods
are water & dust

“Poetry can keep life itself alive.”

~ James Wright

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to From the Dock

  1. Reblogged this on Poesy plus Polemics and commented:
    Another superbly poetic expression of philosophy by our fellow blogger Peter Notehelfer. Something to keep in mind when we’re feeling full of ourselves.

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  2. kiwiskan says:

    love this poem ♥

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  3. John says:

    Great share, Paul!

    Like

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