On Water

‘Furough’ is inexact:
No ship could be
converted to a plow
traveling this vitreous ebony.

seal it in sea-caves and
you cannot still it:
image on image bends
where half-lights fill it

with illegible depths
and lucid passages
bestiary of stones,
book without pages:

and yet it confers
as much as it denies
we are orphaned and fathered
by such solid vacancies:

— Charles Tomlinson, born this day in 1927


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