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Estuary: Return to Normal

“Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count” -

James Gallagher BBC Radio 4

Con/Jur/d Day 21

I need to walk away,
against current,
up the river, away from,
the 57 percent 
dark and mysterious,
open to teeming Ocean, 
teeming, teeming.

Our riverine teachers,
lied to us -- Estuaries
are partially closed,

We’re not independent,
cut off from, encircled by
Land an apollonian sterility,
dragonless territories, maps without
certainties, no ‘here be’ or ever, ever
be here, a glorious unknown chimera

ever-shifting, ever-changing, ever-being
an ecotone, from before our birth,
will continue after death,

a great microcosm.
We’re only a tidepool!

Give Up.
Float toward Origin.
Bring finger to cheek,
brush tears to mouth,

taste the sea.


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Juris,  Oh so good.  Especially the last lines.   

Day 14  Thirst

The water line low
in April as if October.
No real rainfall, some drizzles,
inches behind.
Neighbor prepares to truck
      water to his well
      so far mine holds.
Landscape drought tolerant
      green hills turn to gold
      in the California sun.


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Yes. Hella, hella good. Just talking to my brother about the rain situation up Villa Grande, hasn't seen it this bad in awhile. Hope to be there in July for his 50th. Man I miss California, but not the risks you carry on the front line of climate change😸

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