Perhaps you won’t believe
I’d settled into a cozy, mossy
space in the rocks that bordered
a tidal pool, and fallen sleep.
Something loud shocked me awake.
I clambered to my feet, expecting to find
an angry sea lion with her pup, or at least
a barking seal. There was nothing but waves
petting the rocks, and salty sunlight that seemed
inseparable from an ocean breeze.
Then I heard a faint, liquid sound and followed it
to a barnacle which had opened near
where my ear had been. It was gasping for water
with its brilliant yellow tongues.