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WHEN I WALKED THE COAST FOR THE LAST TIME













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I walked the cliffs
climbed the rocks
timed the surf
running into sea caves
before the next wave
 
winter surf
windy cliff
faded flowers
I walked I packed I left
 
I climbed the ridges
walked the bridges
walked the beaches
alone or with another
among waterfalls
up all night with stars and meteors
I walked I packed I left
 
tide pools
seals and otters 
sea lions barking
like a pack of dogs
cormorants in black
hanging on the rocks like a gang of thugs
gulls pelicans geese in formation
it is the land I love
 
butterflies
hawks
a lone coyote
the smell of sage in the rain
I love the land
 
nasturtiums and poppies
the first footprints of spring
a field of mustard
the Pastures of Heaven
Indian Paintbrush
wisteria arbors
rhododendron
early blooming plum
dogs rabbits deer
fogggg I love the fog
I miss the twisted cypress
madrone lupine and live oak
autumn leaves in December
snow on the peaks
Christmas Eve at the Hermitage
it is the land I love
 
I miss it all
I'd go back in a minute
as MacArthur said
I shall return