“It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”

John Steinbeck ~ The Log from the Sea of Cortez,

Viewing Before Cremation

Kamakiri praying mantis (Japanese)

While cleaning the pool,

brushing the autumn leaves away,

I looked down to see Kamakiri !

Silently floating.

Away to the stars goes this pearl !

 So current a message,

symbolic and ritualistic,

of a little green body

acknowledging this season.