The Ocean

“You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing.” —Alan Watts


She spends the daylight by
Reflection ponds
And devotes the hours of darkness to
The day’s echoes and ghosts

In her attempt to reveal
To the universe
Who she is
And what she’s meant to do.

But she is already the universe herself.

She was born
Of a White Dwarf’s heart
And at the death throws
Of a Great Red Giant.

She rode in frozen asteroids
And will ride them again.

But, still
She polishes
Her well-worn stones & masks

Throw them away, my love.

When you already are
The universe,
There’s nothing to throw or mask.

You’re not a single surfer
Clinging to a single wave.

You are the wave—
And the ocean Herself.

By Morgan Lasher