Heavy, chilled air
dispenses before a storm,
while shore pine boughs bounce
and salal leaves shiver
as the wind whistles with pleasure.
Clouds blanket the sun,
slivers of light escape
through silvery seems,
skipping lazy rays across the ocean waves.
Seagulls screech and whitecaps rise,
every moment adrift or aloft, biding its time.
The blackened front builds,
affirming a sizable presence
Thunder claps on rock and water walls,
tide pools fill and foam from churning squalls,
rain drops pelt down,
colliding and converging
into one wet whole.
Minutia mix with minutia,
blue whales, seals, pelicans and otters
breathe in this weight, this accumulated bait
that casts itself into space
and lures the character out of a place.