Silver glittered

in the light

and in the distance.

Ocean waves created a brief pond

behind a brief sandbar.

I gasped and scooped the sand underneath

the delicate little Pacific Sardine, or perhaps jeuvenile Mackerel.

We ran together-

she flopping

in the wet sand in my hands,

and me flopping

in wet sandals,

until I could find deep enough water.

And, I don’t think the cormorants or pelicans saw her, either.

I hope she found her school.

It was a batch of thrilling seconds that elasticated into minutes or some kind of different time.

I forgot everything else — it was wonderful.

nerd with an MLIS

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