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the gannet and the grey seal

their water shaped
desires uncurl
smooth arrows

the surface above the sea
mirrors the seal's
rising face

the surface beneath the sky
reflects the bird's
falling mask

each shoal diviner
draws on another
line of breath
to pierce the ocean's
viscous hide

Previously published in 1999,
The Fiddlehead, Spring Issue No.199
For more information go to http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/Fiddlehead/