Calm Sea Under Clouds

James Michael Robbins

In the Caribbean,
the sky is only
a reflection of the sea.
If it should try to be
different by adorning itself
with clouds, the sea becomes slate,
and the sky comes face to face
with irony.

Forget about cause and effect.
Forget your logic--it will not serve
you here. You can only know
that when one speaks of blue
here, the sky is mere afterthought.

And now, the calm sea
under clouds, the sky hard
to imagine, as though
it is by the undulation
of water that we know
clouds, the gentle surf
saying see what else
I have made for you.

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