All things that can be broken
Houses trees bridges bodies
      all made things
This is a bad time to be
    solid intricate                alive

Sea and sky are at each other
        fighting or loving or
becoming one
                        and we in the way
         must find a hold as best we can

or we can become water
or we can become wind

Pepper Trail’s poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, Spillway, Kyoto Journal, Borderlands, Windfall and other publications, and his environmental essays are published regularly in High Country News. Trail lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.