Poem With Snowy Plovers

Brian Simoneau
Davenport, Santa Cruz County, California March 21, 2012
Brian Simoneau
Davenport, Santa Cruz County, California

April’s only days
away. The wind strokes  
sandstone cliffs, the cove
empty except for  
snowy plovers.  
A grain of sand  
brings tears. An ocean
is beautiful  
in its cruelty—last
week, currents swept  
someone out to sea—
so I’m watching  
for rogue waves, don’t  
notice the puddle  
that soaks my shoe.
I’m able to laugh
at almost all of it.
Squinting against  
the sun as it breaks  
through, I watch wind-
whipped waves, a host  
of birds taking flight.

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