two Henrys, Thoreau and Beston)
We call transient
meat-eaters, "Bad Boys."
shorelines for Steller Sea Lions
Seals, land-sneaking, pup-snatching,
ripping, tearing, batting fresh
meat to pieces.
by drowning granite mountains,
a rare falling mountain goat,
a swimming black bear or moose.
the friendly ones,
pods led by their matriach,
to every one.
into family groups, packs like wolves,
many pods create superpods,
up facing each other, foreplay,
squeek-moaning, ritual mating.
We flatter ourselves
if we believe we
had once to
lose the senses they possess.
some, underlings to others,
freely where we humans
to those who lean on rails
boats and gush over each tail lob,
spy hop or
breach. They should be so lucky,
in lifes timeless net.
and complete, an ancient
inferno and paradise,
demons extend their sight,
speech, aware of benthic
They are not
our brothers, are not our slaves.
they are other undiscovered
light years beneath our decks.
author teaches writing and history for the Kenai Peninsula College,
and also is a park ranger for the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
He has also penned the foreword to "Wilderness" by Rockwell
Kent, an author and artist that hes written about extensively.