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Questions for the Pacific

Tue Jul 26th, 2016

Questions for the Pacific


Do dreams like rivulets

of love return to you,

having altered little or nothing

     but themselves? are we


just a nuisance

or an awful knot

that won’t be cut until all (or what we think

     is all) is lost? shall our


world stay,

although we die quickly,

returning immediately, having thought

     of one last thing


that might make

a difference? no reply:

are waves circumspect perhaps

     or shy or fearful


of the human scent

in speech, or simply

declining conversation? if waves could speak,

     they might tell us everything:


I stood listening

at the edge of the sea,

remembering past incidents,

     recalling childhood lost in water.