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National Poetry Day Message Poem by Bruce Black

Each Day the Sea Writes


Each day the sea writes lines

On the edge of the sand, and clouds

Draw messages in the sky, and laughing


Gulls swoop and swirl and plead while

Sandhill cranes raise their beaks high

To cry, and ospreys circle, screeching,


And hawks, wings spread wide, shriek, and

Mockingbirds, robins, and cardinals sing

Their appeal to get your attention—


(and you can hear, too, the rusty-hinged

protest of the Great blue heron), and dolphins,

leaping, dance in unison to make their point,


And manatees—those graceful sea cows—frolic

Near the surface, trying to send the same message

To all of us gazing in awe at the beauty of the world:


Keep our water clean and our air

clear for as long as waves wash the sand

and clouds touch the sky.


© Bruce Black

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