Teen-Age Elephant Seals

Driven here by something we can’t see
and don’t understand,
we wait for the grown-ups,
to see their battles.

Some will die.
The rest will cluster in harems and mate.

Some will give birth before heading back to sea,
to pups who will stay behind and learn,
half of them, to survive.

We will watch.
Next year it’s our turn.

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