I follow the delicate trail from water’s edge
up the sandy ridge; to the place where high tide set
its final mark before dawn. The trail looks like it was drawn
by a child with an index finger.
Indeed there are two of these little trails; left by snails. Two snails
met here in a secret rendezvous last night. Not having been eyewitness
to their actual meeting; I can only surmise their conversation:
Spring is almost here my friend, I can feel the water warmer under my foot.
Yes, I’m so excited, the blue bay waters are now shifting to green as the
phytoplankton begin to flourish.
Oh you are so scientific.. Wasn’t it a lovely night, just the two of us, side by side,
watching the starlight in the shallows?
Did you see that spiny spider crab walk by? So glad he did not notice us on his ramblings!
And then that human walked by with his dog. Big sneaker prints. And can you believe it, two feet!
I wonder what humans think about as they walk by our bay? Do they pause to notice the starlight on the
incoming waves? Do they hear the rhythm of the waves? Do they see the seaweeds swaying,
singing their alleluias?