The white birds of the north arrive in a horizontal blizzard more dazzling than sun-glazed new snow. Gliding for hours just above the wave-tips, they barely move their wings, gracefully riding the updrafts off the windward slope of the wave then shallow dive to the lift of the next swell. Now the amazing dives, with such speed they impact the water with righteous high sprays carrying the birds below the abundance of shimmery shoal. But this that can easily be seen does not tell how I, out of body, rise this time with them, turn the angle, and dive with that churning thrill of fast descent ready for the impact transformed to plumage of holy white our icy blue eyes open. Carol Amato My poetry has recently been published in the anthology, From the Farthest Shore (Bass River Press), Tiny Seed Journal, The Poet’s Touchstone (New Hampshire Poetry Society), Poem Literary Journal, and the 2023 Mutual Muses Ekphrastic Exhibition sponsored by the Cape Cod Cultural Center. My photography has also been recently published in the The Poet’s Touchstone (Poetry Society of New Hampshire) and Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry. I am a natural science educator and author of 11 nature books for children published by Barron’s Educational Series and John Wiley. My greatest wish as a child was to fly, and now I have can have winged words!