A Crabby Show
Making an Appearance
As I strolled a patch of Florida's Treasure Coast, a carefree, creeping crustacean appeared. As I watched closely this small creature taught me a few lessons.
Out of somewhere, the sand crab arose almost underfoot. As the surf neared and overwhelmed him, the crab did not scurry or scamper away, As he steadfastly held his ground, the surf and suds suddenly swept him away. Just as suddenly the next surge surprisingly returned him unscathed to my footprint. Upright and ready, he returned his wary stare. Facing me topsy-turfy as if nothing had happened, life washed over him without a care.
To most casual observers, this seemingly insignificant seaside encounter might barely appear worthy of an entire blog entry. But significance in life isn't always determined by size, magnitude or scope. What matters most to me is often temporal. Momentary resonating meaning often feels more real than longevity.
For some reason this crab concurrence moved me to take photos, to write and to explore its meaning. Nature speaks so I want to listen and learn. So I pondered this crab's showing up and finally realized his message. Here is our dialogue:
Hello, Crusty, never-seen you before;
Strolling about on this sunbaked sandy shore.
Eyeing my presence, you're crossing my walk
Almost stepped on you, startled my talk.
Did you see me approach; come out to say hello?
Or merely patrolling your grainy granules to show?
Suddenly taken, shaken by sudden surf suds
Under-towed by foamy, frothing, flowing floods
Where'd you go?...you disappeared...not here any more!
Gone beach guardian, no longer a chore?
My foot imprints
await the returning splosh
Of its lone sentinel,
Resuming your staring stance under toe
You return starry-eyed, no startled crawler woe?
Steadfast in the face of sweeping travail
You stay astride your domain with barely a flail.
Swept out to sea; came back to be
up by the sea and me.