How much are we influenced by forces that we cannot see? Do the forces of physics affect even our thoughts? These questions occurred to me after watching hungry sea-birds zero in on their prey.
off the pacific shore thousands
of shearwaters, pelicans, and gulls
fly to a spot beyond the surf-line to
circle clockwise over their target:
a writhing globe of silver anchovies.
the hunters then tuck in their wings,
dive into the sea at highest velocity,
become feathered missiles
that slam into the chaos of spray.
the wheeling, the orbiting, the arcing:
quite common in nature.
even in our petty minds
thoughts of hunger, anger,
love and memory, all wheel around,
driven by invisible power more
fundamental, perhaps more profound
than the forces of time,
light, and gravity.