i saw you from the parking lot overlooking the beach of arched sea stacks;
sea lion rookery amid black broken and groaning rocks. you broke the sand
open with each footfall while a full moon hung along the edge of the pacific. i
saw you for what you were—an alien here—brother to me, another wanderer.
the sun played hide and seek through the mist and upright firs behind us—shadow
and dim light of dawn. the territorial calls off-shore rose and fell with
the coming crash and returning silence of the waves. i matched my steps
to yours and as we passed the earth shattered.