Procession, Padden Creek Estuary

At low tide, mudflats and a newly-cut creek channel ~

Crows and gulls pick at the mud
Canadian geese and mallards congregate

As tide flows in or ebbs out, presenting shallows ~

A Great Blue Heron stands so still
until sudden strike

At high tide, estuary and ocean are one ~

Belted kingfisher trills its looping return
branch to water to branch
Sea otters sun themselves on a dock

If any salmon make it up Padden Creek ~

This estuary and its fresh water current
will be entry point

I’ll be here, witnessing this procession of nations:
feathered, furred, scaled. Or, I’ll be elsewhere,
dreaming of a place for all nations.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 4

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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