“Pantheons on the Beach” -Point Reyes National Seashore Poem

PANTHEONS ON THE BEACH

What if the pelicans’ goddess is truth?

They dance to her when they streak over waves.

Rising and falling they sing for their Lady

who guides their plunges for fish.

Maybe the beach hoppers’ Lord  exists.

He covers their sand with algae feasts

and warns them hikers are coming

so they can leap forward to escape blind feet.

Black tailed deer who wander to the coast

nibbling its grass might feel satsori,

real grace when they face the ocean.

Does the moon jellies’ God call them home

when they give their lives so their kids get  food?

They throw their exhausted little forms

up on the beach in clear spotless piles.

Do they find salvation and peace?

Do deities thrive on Sculpture Beach

where rain and wind slash the cliffs

forming sandstone  guardians?

Turkey vultures cleanse the world.

Who blessed them with this sacred duty,

the work of recycling the dead?

They draw circle prayers in the sky

to honor their One.

What is truth?

Copyright 2013 Paul Belz

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About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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