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THIS IS A YEAR OF THE PIG CONTEST ENTRY

Newell Shearwater

Published by DOREEN B. | Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:51 PM


Poem of a seabird endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.


You are--
the dark speck flapping in the eye
of the sun,
the passing cloud over the ocean's face,
white underbelly concealing talons,
wingtips shearing ocean tides.

You navigate the currents,
a partner to an ancient choreography
of a spinning globe, wind, sun
and moon. Where you dived for squid,
fishermen found yellowfin tuna.

Once a year you return to land
where your clumsy feet cannot walk,
to nesting burrows that hold your
single egg.

On a cool, cloud-filled night,
your fledgling will favor
the false flight path of white halogen
lining a football stadium
over the distant celestial guides
to the sea.




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