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MORNING AND AFTERNOON













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this morning is intoxicating

distant hills covered in fog

froth and surge of the sea

sparkling air

the sound of breakers and birdsong

drops of water fall on my head

from wind-blown cypress above

 

the water is pale turquoise

two dogs romp on the beach

one black and one yellow

a woman bends over to inspect the kelp

each breath is exhilarating

 

my senses overflow

things like this are usually illegal

I almost didn't go out

on this foggy misty day

who needs Florida

when I have this

 

a warm afternoon sun offsets

the fog and chilly wind

I pinch some wild sage

to release the sweet smell

such wilderness

right in the city I love

my home

 

blue iris and green moss

birds of different kinds

all coexist peacefully

unlike most of us

(with some squawking)

the first wave of wildflowers appears

a yellow field of mustard

white clover orange poppies

and birdsong!

 

even one bird has different songs to sing

two deer wade in the river upstream

it doesn't get any better than this

a tiny brown and white bird

holds on to a branch

looking left and right

as if waiting for someone

 

two black and white ducks dive

and resurface in another spot

decoys undoubtedly

the shadows of seagulls

on white foam

broken bits of abalone

sparkle in the sun

I drink in the sunshine

like an enzyme bath

and the day never ends