What is ridiculous about the sea

is the huge size of it, the way it mocks the sky,

how it keeps turning itself over and over,

flaunting its amoeba shape, wandering off

into its pseudopods of tidal rivers,

coves and bays. How preposterous

are the little vessels that ride on it,

the capsules it swallows whole, the seeds

of dolphins and whales that glide in its underbelly.

And how laughable, how outside the Tao

you and I must be to it—little swimming things,

meaningless details,

asplash on its coastline this bright August day

the sea is so calm it almost seems to want us.

                                 -Dick Allen

                                       Gettysburg Review

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