|The Outer Banks|
The Outer Banks
Of shifting sands, waves, currents,
of coastal plains slanting in homage
toward haven of estuaries and sounds;
all a crescentic barrier's lot
to woo sun and moon's spring tide,
to lean against low sloping salt marsh,
embrace sea level's rise.
The science of it all
my son does not know,
points out decaying seabird
covered with sand;
questions how close
man has built.
Asks if hurricanes still exist.
Unprompted looks skyward,
raises arms; wind swirls his hair,
flaps his jacket, carries his laugh
as sea gull hovers.
Over-wash and storm-surges;
things to ponder tomorrow.
by Margaret Bednar, April 5, 2016
|The Outer Bank|
Spring Tide - is has nothing to do with the season of spring. It occurs when the moon is new or full and the sun, moon, and earth are aligned. The collective gravitational pull on the water is strengthened. A Perigean spring tide occurs three times or four times a year - when the moon's perigee (its closest point to Earth) coincides with a spring tide. This combination when it occurs can have disastrous results. In some countries it is known as a "king tide".
I found this interesting - if anyone adores a barrier island, this may be of interest.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina (U.S. Dept. of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey) First Printing 1986
This is linked (late) with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - April Poetry Month Day 4 - Nature" and "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - The Tuesday Platform".