So far blue

As a perfect complement to my last rain poem, I have recorded my experiences working outside during stormy winters on the Oregon Coast.  I’m from arid Montana and after 4 years in Coos Bay, I do believe I completed my metamorphosis from tumbleweed to amphibious mutant!  Hope you enjoy this poem, and remember, the best wake up call is to go soak your head!


Wet socks and soggy hair

stuck to my rain gear –

I hang them to dry on a chair,

showering twice, the second

to clean off the remains of the first

primordial broth, encasing me since birth.

When I awoke in the morning storm,

rain that fell all day, muddying me

into a mutant – crude, only partially

recognizable blob of earthen sludge,

watered down and up, horizontal sheets

steadily smacking me left and right.

Fingers pruning like they were

ripening too soon,

aging at uncommon rates

as fast as willows re-sprouting

from a busy beaver’s teeth.

It really makes you wonder if

we are destined to live underwater

or at least spend the winter aquatic

with gills and webbed digits

to cope in a sinking planet,

so far blue, it’s gone fishing.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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3 Responses to So far blue

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Tumbleweed to amphibious mutant; you have undergone severe transformation. We may need more practice at both ends of the spectrum as the climate changes.

    • Very true! This new climate benefits those species who are more resilient. There have been studies that show or predict an increase in the spread of invasive species, since they are opportunists by nature. What’s even more alarming is the rise in sea level. The average rate of sea level rise along the southern coast of Oregon is higher than the global average: approx. 2.3 mm per year versus the global 20th century average of 1.7 mm per year. This accelerated rate is due to uplift along tectonic plates that is slower than the rate of sea level rise. As of 2010, the sea level at Coos Bay has risen 1.6 feet, while there has been a 5.3 foot rise farther south in California at Humboldt Bay. The higher sea level rise at Humboldt Bay is due to uplift in the tectonic plates that is faster than the rise in sea level.

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