the acorns, fish, deer.
the tomatoes, the beets, the figs.
the flour and the yeast.
the venison—harvested in fall and winter
keeps a plentiful supply all year.
plus, a warm coat for the person
with patience enough to transform the coarse hair
and warm skin from one animal body to another.
the pudding stones and sea glass.
the sand and mounting new england rocks.
the oak stands sturdy
the maple, ginkgo, and sycamore stand out.
multi-color blooms bounce and shimmy on hydrangeas—
changing hues like leaves on trees.
Fresh pond and a mighty River meets the salty brine of the Harbor
that leads to the Bay
which bleeds into the vast Ocean,
where frenzied tuna feed
and minke whales float
while blue sharks swim and scavenge and travel.
they flow and drift with the Earth.
following the currents of cold water
around the Cape and north.
the sun as their companion.
the moon as their guide.
but always searching. sustaining. surviving.
as do we.