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July 2019 Vol. 15 No. 2

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Scott Hicks


Morro Rock, a volcanic monolith, one of nine sisters next to Morro Bay. I remember summer visits, running up the red-painted walkway under the always-leaves of her lone avocado tree. The view from grandmother’s sunroom bay window was like a photograph.

On a clear day by the rock, I watch falcons fly. Peregrines, from its peak never come down, only out and back, hunting other birds, catching, returning. They disappeared when I was young, but have since returned - the almost extinct, surviving on an extinct volcano.

surfers wait
for the next swell
counting on the wind