and just watch them glide one foot above their shadows on the water.
Salt. That’s the edge you can smell in the wind.
And there isn’t a bright enough word—
not sun, not squint,
not your-hand-like-a-visor— for the light reflecting off of blue.
There’s a line of them now… maybe ten; no, a dozen…
like a sentence from an unread book.
Chapter 1: So the sea made pelicans. Chapter 2: They dipped their beaks
and hauled the shoreline up, Chapter 3: then the grasses and animals.
And last of all us.
Rob Carney’s new book Facts and Figures is available from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle. Previous books include The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps. His first collection of creative nonfiction, Accidental Gardens, is forthcoming from Stormbird Press.