(Oil seeps and spills in the Gulf of Mexico, May 13, 2006. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained from the Goddard Level 1 and Atmospheric Archive and Distribution System.)
AN OCEAN MUSING
Far, far out lie the white sails all at rest;Like spectral arms they seem to touch and clingUnto the wide horizon. Not a wingOf truant bird glides down the purpling west;No breeze dares to intrude, e’en on a questTo fan a lover’s brow; the waves to singHave quite forgotten till the deep shall flingA bow across its vibrant chords. Then, lestOne moment of the sea’s repose we lose,Nor furnish Fancy with a thousand themesOf unimagined sweetness, let us gazeOn this serenity, for as we muse,Lo! all is restless motion: life’s best dreamsGive changing moods to even halcyon days.