Tides

From The Properties of Dust

Before the Ocean - Seaside, Oregon. February 22, 2014 - http://www.aflitt.com/oregoncoast

Three days later...


One thousand feet,

     might as well be miles,

above the tides below,


I stand

     on the dry, clumped dust

     of a petrified landing,

     of a precarious beach


Hanging where it does not belong;


Undercut by the wind,

     by the rain,


One thousand feet

     in the air.


I stand watching the sun

     curving, rounding, setting

     again and again


The same sun -- A different horizon

     hours later...


     Others watch,

     Others stand


Upon sands as ancient

     as those underneath my own feet,


Sands that I shall

     never see

     never touch


Two thousand miles,

     as far as the sun,


away from me.

Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. - April 2, 2005. - www.aflitt.com


The Properties of Dust

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Moreh

Orienteering

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Storm

Oncology

Upon the Ruin

Golgotha

Demolition

3.

Watching a Woman From Across the Room

Moonrise

First Snow

Antarctic Whispers

Lines

Bedtime Prayer

4.

The Red Car

Something Lost

Slough

Home

After the War

5.

Lair

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