Olympic National Park: Nature’s Drama. A Poem by Sterling Warner


Drinking ice tea in the

Bogachiel Rain Forest,

relaxing in retirement,

observing the Salmon

run along the Skokomish,

bald & golden eagles soar

high above, wait for harbor

seals to capture fresh fish,

climb aboard wooden rafts,

& steal the slippery bright

pink prey for themselves or

possibly feed hungry eaglets.


Large driftwood logs

float down the river’s throat,

anchoring themselves

along the Hood Canal’s

warm salt water shoreline;

mosquitoes breed abundantly

while skittish bullfrogs

stridently soldier vociferous

appetites in concrete storm

drains—conduits emptying

into the sound—shielding them

from sharp-eyed predators

scouring sand & stone for food.

Sterling Warner’s Brief Biography

An author, poet, educator, Pushcart nominee, Sterling Warner’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry Life and Times Artvilla.com, The Flatbush Review, Literary Yard, The Fib Review, Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape and The Atherton Review. Warner has published five collections of poetry: Without Wheels, ShadowCat, Rags and Feathers, Edges, and Memento Mori: A Chapbook Redux. Also, in August 2020, he launched, Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories, his first collection of fiction.
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; his publications include
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals and Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems, collected poems, as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

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