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Tentatively Poking

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:34am

isn’t every three year-old child
at least part dinosaur?
even the giant leaf eaters
capable of a great roar

down on the winter beach
a break in the bleakness
rain longing to be slush or more
dripping from everything
but the sky at the moment

we are taking off our gloves
beyond the slick rock of the beach
tentatively poking at vivid emerald
anemones and purple urchins

up the beach
beyond the fallen rye grass
a gaggle of children in bright reds
blues and yellows,
rain gear fit for Southeast Alaska’s worst
poke marshmallowed sticks
into roaring fire

down the trail adjusting his
thick mittens comes
my son’s friend, Benni
smiling a tentative smirk and roaring
part t-rex part Thomas the train
a whistle or a roar of a greeting
announcing his arrival
in this primal place
this cold winter beach
a momentary break
in the cold January rain

up and down the tide flats
they roam, and scramble up the slick, rocky trail
to an eroded beach cliff
on boots, on bottoms
these tough little dino-kids tramp

oblivious to the driving rain
that drives us parents
to huddle around the fire
and drink cold breakfast-
whiskey from flasks
discussing escape routes
to snowier places

Filed under: glimpses, parenting, Poetry
Categories: Arts & Culture


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