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A Snapshot of Current Beliefs

"A Snapshot of Current Beliefs" video poem by Vivian Faith Prescott

A Snapshot of Current Beliefs

I think of the sea exhaling and inhaling against the shoreline, forming it

into unrecognizable shapes, how the ocean curves beyond our line of sight.

I think of the sky chasingthe sun into an evening blush, 

and the morning winds and afternoon torrents. We’ve had months of this: 

the rain washing salmon eggs from streams, the algae cloudbeneath 

the surface. I sense the ocean here is different; 

the weight of the gods’ footfalls sink down. Our faith has dulled,

once hook-sharp, pressed against our whorled thumbs. 

Still, the holy ones venture out into the dark hush

to try and save us from ourselves. They practice prayers 

to change these rainfall patterns, and quickly repair our seawalls. 

But all the crows have flown to their roosts and only

the loons and the herons are present
to bear witness.

by Vivian Faith Prescott

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