Tony Reddin

River Selkie

Waves from some hidden powerful source
push our canoe

Holding breath, we look around,
wondering, watching

Suddenly a small black head pops up
just ten feet away

Bright eyes curious
Seem to say with a nod “watch this”

Then, mottled back rolling,
a shoosh across the river

So smooth a flight
through the deep water

Til gone like a dream
with only ripples for reminder

A beautiful mystical seal

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