The hour will come, oblivious to your noticing,
when you’ll look back and see that the shore
is truly far away and the boat you’re in,
bobbing miles from any clear destination.
From that distance it will be hard to tell
what the sunlight strikes hard and
fractures: the chrome edge of a pair of
sunglasses, the unibrow of the man
wearing it, the neon stripes of the beach
umbrellas that now look ridiculously small
and crowded around the rim of a dirty
yellow margarita glass. And you will ask,
stranded in the middle of it all, whether you
really still need sunblock or if the little
stencils of color floating before your eyes
are a sign— everything that once
pinned you to the business of diminishing
returns, has called it quits. Now only this
expanse, its lesson unrolling like a sutra:
unfurnished, unambiguous, pithy,
comprehensive; continuous, without flaw.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.