The Great Rock at Pebble Beach

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Beached leviathan - even the sea can't move it -

commanding contours

constant in tidal wash

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of pebbles and shells

this rock: seamark

to fishermen at the end

of a day's work;

lodestone to artists

dreamers and children.

The child climbs, explores

trial journeys, the dream:

playacts the long step west;

the craftsman sounds

walks round in sand, fathoms

the energy of stone;

the lobsterman steers with care

thinks of his wife, his day's catch

his supper ... marks the cove by the rock -

knows that he's almost home.

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