There’s an intruder on this island

It’s me.

All the residents are talking about it. Whenever I leave the cabin, the news goes out to the seagull colony around the house. Guards sound the alarm. Seagulls hop off their nests to come out and squawk at me.


There are eagle sentries all over the island. When I walk, word goes out with their screech. They perch along the bluffs, usually at least 4 near the marina, on the water tower, some fly off to tell the others.


The deer are quiet about it but they know.


The barn swallows announce every time I open the front door. Their nest is packed to the rafters, literally. Time may be near for the little ones to leave.


Actually, this is just like when I lived in downtown Brooklyn in the 1980’s. It was a very safe neighborhood, because it was controlled by the mafia. Safe if you weren’t part of the mafia because, of course, there was the occasional shooting in the local coffee shop. But it was never random. There were sentries posted on every corner, watching out, all day, all night. And this was before everyone had mobile phones. Word got out.


  • “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal saying


4 thoughts on “There’s an intruder on this island

  1. We have been enjoying your posts- in the midst of All the hectic energy of 4 of July weekend it’s nice to be reminded of a more contemplative life! Enjoy your birds!

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  2. Thanks Elena. I’m plowing through some of the books I think you recommended. I just finished and enjoyed Lab Girl ( I intend to plant a few trees when I get home), just started Outrun and have added a few more to my list. Enjoy your celebrations and lovely view of the festivities from home. I should get a pretty good show from Port Townsend tomorrow.


  3. So very, very true and beautifully said! ‘re books I can recommend 60 Degrees North – one of the most beautifully written and powerful books I have ever read. It would be amazing to read in your present circumstance.


    • Thank you Shirley. 60 degrees north is on my Kindle and next in line after I leave Scotland and the Orkney Islands in Outrun. I’m looking forward to it. I had been in a book rut but am now devouring ones I enjoy again.


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