Gray Seal -- Halichoerus grypus, at the ledges just off Monhegan Island, ME.
'That our senses lie, and our minds trick us is true, but in general
They are honest rustics; trust them a little;
The senses more than the mind, and your own mind more than another man’s.
As to the mind’s pilot, intuition, --
Catch him clean and stark naked he is first of truth-tellers; dream-clothed, or dirty
With fears and wishes, he is a prince of liars.
The first fear is death: trust no immortalist. The first desire
Is to be loved: trust no mother’s son.
Finally I say, let demagogues and world-redeemers babble their emptiness
To empty ears; twice duped is too much.
Walk on gaunt shores and avoid the people; rock and wave are good prophets;
Wise are the wings of the gull, pleasant her song.' ~ "Advice to Pilgrims" by Robinson Jeffers