Who is Amelia Earhart
to those millions of Pacific seabirds?
They rain down daily; a common occurrence.
Black-footed Albatrosses the size of airplanes,
seven foot wing spans crumbled
on a thumbprint of an island
by chance; structural fatigue maybe.
Boobies, Great Frigatebirds nesting
on an unmapped tit of an atoll.
The sharp call of the Sooty Tern; soundless.
A bleached bone; finger bone maybe.
Coracoid, piece of weathered teak
drifted in from the chin of India
on the wings of a typhoon.
Makings in the matrix of a nest.
Includes a shiny button that caught curiosity;
bower bird behaviour. A tear of khaki, still recognizable,
humming like a pipe reed in the warm sea breeze.
Its tattered arms waving so long and for rescue
like a prayer flag amongst white feather down.
DAN MURPHY is an educator and author. He has co-authored eleven books that include environmental science textbooks, teacher guides and canoe & sea kayak paddling guides. He has also co-authored over forty articles in outdoor adventure. His poetry has appeared in journals, anthologies, and online in Canada, the United States, and Ireland.
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