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.



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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

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