September 18, 2016

Semiahmoo - Judy Bishop
2016 Merit Award
By Judy Bishop

Years ago, I visited a church in Independence, Mo.
The worshipers believed that one day, Jesus
would descend through the domed glass ceiling.
Today, I walk the crescent shore of Semiahmoo Bay,
sculpted by ancient ice. The tides rise and fall,
moon pulls, earth pushes; lovers in cosmic rhythm.
Salmon Woman and Raven, reef-netters, flood land
cranberries, porcelain shards from fish camps,
smudge fires of sockeye racks gone now. But this
refuge for clams, gulls, eagles, eelgrass remains.
The Coast Salish named this bay “Hole in the Sky.”
What more divine sanctuary for the Great Spirit
to appear?

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Judy Bishop. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.


2 Responses to “Semiahmoo*”

  1. T Burgonio-Watson Says:

    Ditto, brava!

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