Over the white rail gray out of gray steep islands out of gentle oceans rise in spruce and fir layer upon layer in a gray rain An Aleut artist might imagine it gray clouds in a gray sky settling distance upon succeeding ridges of waves and islands Or in a native myth to settle upon us its warmth and beauty giant Whale and Turtle gray and gray beasts breached here too long long enough for Raven to drop seeds men to settle forests to grow 29 August 1983 between Angoon and Sitka

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