In defense of a small life


Where we lived was the

end of the earth


A terrific sea to the east

mountains to the west


We were barnacles

too stuck in our ways to leave


The tides came and left

tourists with cameras.

whales

lobsters

fish

children with ice cream dripping down their chins


We watched them

come and go

from our sessile homes

cemented to rock


We heard about how it was

other places


They said we should

see what it’s like

come for a visit

go elsewhere

The world is infinitely large, you know


With one crusty eye

half-open

I said


<< You know, the infinite extends in both directions >>


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