you know how you can close your eyes and be transported to someplace calm where problems are just there but more manageable?

there’s a beautiful place in Everett, Washington like that

right in the middle of the city

next to the water is a little park

it’s right by the port & takes a mile of walking/roller skating/riding a bike each way

I would go there with my daughter on sundays when things seemed so bad

then after walk up to the library

so I wrote about it to remember:

if you walk a mile to pigeon creek you can play on the beach

you never see pigeons at pigeon creek
only tumbled rocks below a train
Poseidon’s horses undomestic
off sandy shallows

Hiawatha’s chickens
bragging
wingspans six feet
plus

sunset frozen
to clouds
tangerine and flamingo
hiding colors icy in spite

an orca blooms
where ocean falls
and bald eagles roost on t’s

ignoring ferries
they play
weather is of no concern to them

if you visit pigeon creek

be careful where you walk

 (orcas eat seals
 seals eat salmon
 salmon eat ghost shrimp
 ghost shrimp eat sand)

be careful where you walk a
nd swim at your own
risk there is no life
guard on duty