– Field Note by Justine Kibbe May 9, 2017.
There once was a seal from Tiree, and with second sight voyaged the sea.
Swirling and sweeping in fathoms still keeping; all along its dreams did see.
Like tumult of wave pooled within tidal crag upon ancient cliffs off shore, this once wee flipperling finds rest to calmly reflect its lore.
Beneath night’s constellations glides this sojourner, within the constant of the mighty Milky Way…
Eavesdropping alongside wooden hulls, revealing to soaring gulls- those tales Clan warriors had to say.
And so it is our own life’s stories too – woven within the waves, but forever linked as the stars above; afar off as isles of our days.
** Fishers Island Harbor Seals readying for Annual haul-off, Fishers Island students learning the art of Storytelling & Local Traditional Knowledge