Murrelets Flying in Formation
They skim through the air
just above the water,
beaks pointing east toward first light,
arranged just so, a leader,
his three or four loyal lieutenants
jockeying for position and the rest
of the murrelet troops arrayed behind,
a surprisingly silent procession.
"Rossano's Mirrored Murrelets" - photo © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian. All rights reserved.
In the pastel light, the still pool
reveals a parallel flight, submerged,
bellies exposed, floating
in perfect formation upside-down,
a dark ribbon joining each one
to his double like a bloodless umbilical cord.