Semipiternal

Out at sea the sun

was shining;

but only in one place,

like a silver dish

on the rain-darkened water.

A single whale

sated with love,

steaming north from Baja,

was too distant to see,

but we could

see where he was breathing:

a tree made of water

and filled with silver light

appeared on the air,

already falling,

and after a whale-breath,

reappeared-

the selfsame form-

a little farther

north each time.

– James Galvin

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