Eric Ode

The Barnacle

the barnacle
hunkers to hide
until she is only
a stony, cone-shaped shell,
silent and still,
in the shallow tide.

But when I stop
and when I sit
and when I watch
and wait a bit,
she reappears to dance about,
in and out,
this way and that,
like a feather on a fancy hat
caught in the wind.


“The Barnacle” is reprinted from Sea Star Wishes (Sasquatch, 2013).


Eric Ode is a national award-winning children’s singer, songwriter, and author. ┬áHis original music has been recognized with Parents’ Choice Awards and is heard on many comilation albums and national children’s radio programs. ┬áHis book of children’s poems from the coast, Sea Star Wishes (Sasquatch, 2013) was National Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt’s book pick for July. Eric Ode lives in Bonney Lake.

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