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(15 July 2010)

a crowd of pelicans and cormorants plays catch-up on
the wind-scuffed waters of the bay. The concealed
protagonists, a pod of grey-sleek dolphins on the hunt,
lead the predatory race, herding a school of unseen fish
into the shallows. The pelicans, bemused-looking, dip
hopeful beaks and return, empty; the pod moves faster
than shifting fashion. Cormorants, more dolphin-like,
meet with more success; the only visual proof that the
fish exist found by diving terns, plunging quickly and
retreating from the entourage, a handbreadth flash of
silver writhing sideways. Calmer now, the dolphin
champions of this scene exit, away from clots of
spellbound humans in earshot of  puffing blowholes
and slapping tails.

a crowd of pelicans and cormorants plays catch-up on the wind-scuffed waters of the bay. the concealed protagonists, a pod of grey-sleek dolphins on the hunt, lead the predatory race, herding a school of unseen fish into the shallows. the pelicans, bemused-looking dip hopeful beaks and return, empty; the pod moves faster than shifting fashion. cormorants, more dolphin-like meet with more success; the only visual proof that the fish exist found by diving terns, plunging quickly and retreating from the entourage, a handbreadth flash of silver writhing sideways. Calmer now, the dolphin champions of this scene exit, away from clots of spellbound humans in earshot of  puffing blowholes and slapping tails

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2 thoughts on “(15 July 2010)

  1. “the pod moves faster
    than shifting fashion.”
    perfect description. instant image.

    • The river, two minutes walk from my office, is a fairly common place to see dolphins, but uncommon enough that there nearly always seems to be a poem in it somewhere. Thanks again Evelyn, I really need to read more of youyr stuff now…

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