WORK FOR THE DAY
Your assignment: design a container
for the sea. It must embrace each whale
and fleck of plankton. Of course, you will think
of your favorite tropical fish, the rich
coral canyons, the deep kelp forests,
the sea otters and singing dolphins, but
you must must include the rest:
great white sharks and red tides,
the deadly stinging jellyfish.
Your container must hold every calm
and billow, every island and basin
and estuary and brackish backwater.
Leave nothing out. The tsunami must be
there, and the pale blue impossible calms
after the storms have passed.