We perched, like ants, on a crust of earth,
On a mound of your making.
We asked, meekly --
"Can we stay for a moment?"
You were kind.
Thousands of turns of the globe,
The gyrations and wobbles of the planet,
Have been made plain to us;
Creatures, and Creation,
Have become our friends.
The plainest messages of time and tide
Have been laid at our feet.
We have grown up in the sun,
Found our way through the bays and inlets
Toward something greater
Than any city street:
Everything is busy being and becoming,
And we, who are so often too busy to notice,
Come here to just be, and to become.
We are pelicans and plovers,
And dolphins and egrets;
We are Germans and locals.
We find that Nature is omnivorous,
And we are omnipresent.
When we are here, even if alone,
We are never lonely.