wild inland sea


(Photo credit C. Scherer)

vast inland sea

you give the illusion you cover the world entire
while rocks remain timeless scattered on your shores,
mighty thousand foot ships merely your playthings
many a night and day have i spent in your presence
glorying in your sacred wildness which feeds
my exhausted spirit reviving that thing
that lives inside of me that becomes almost-dead from
too much time away exploring the world
always in my mind  you live inside of me
i see your blue expanse lake-mother hear your children
the gulls cry and sob
their own form of poetry as they fly and dip and wheel over
your surface; deeply ensconced are your secrets

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