Cook Inlet Morality Play

The gray water is edged with silver lace:

the shapes of thousands of seals

turning and jumping at shore’s edge.

Explanation arches in deeper water:

the dark fins that travel so quickly,

waiting for the foolish or careless.

I admire the fabric of the waves,

the scenes of nature’s vital drama

played out in the Inlet below.

Mephistophelean orca, dapper in black

and white, winking a huge false eye,

waits to lure the nervous everyman seals

into the colder water of his world:

His lazy swimming seems to say

he can afford to be patient.


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