Walking along the pier, right at the elbow that bends up towards Fairhaven, I notice a shy heron walking deliberately among the pilings.  It’s twin legs and long neck hide the bird as it rests near the jagged grey-brown grain of whole trees, de-barked and weathered.  Only when the heron gracefully kissed the water for fish, did I notice it.

Not many others on the pier at 7 in the morning, on a Sunday, in July.  I’m thankful for the feeling that I own the place.  The tide is low, and mossy rocks air out their backs.  One set of rock reminds me of a dragon, resting it’s head in the water, another group looks like an ancient pillar that fell at conquest centuries ago, the segments now broken, as a dotted line.

Eelgrass catches my attention.  Bent over in the heavy current, sways gently, little wind to push them both.  It looks so soft I want to dive into it.  My mother trained us to NOT swim in grassy water; tree branches lurked under there and will snag your clothes to death.  This morning, I want to swim in the dangerous grassy water.  Will the tips and smooth edges of the blades tickle me?  My laughter would echo with the morning birds.

I want to do it.

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Northwest Eelgrass

Published by Shannon Laws

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet. Her story-telling poetry has touched many hearts and minds. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award for promoting local artists on community radio and encouraging peace and understanding through community poetry events. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

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