Down here… by Don Thompson




Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years. His publications include a dozen or so books and chapbooks. For more info. and links to publishers, visit his website at





















Down here… 




Down here on the floor of Miocene

ocean, dust is blowing

as if to show us the ancient gyres—

currents followed by insatiable sharks.

Now only our thoughts swim overhead


that have in common with sharks

their hunger, their need

to keep swimming no matter what,

and their frenzied feeding on each other

when there’s blood in the water.



Don Thompson