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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The 7 Days of CryAction 3: 223-305

by ilT; colors by Selkis

If what moved waters
was God’s gloss-o-logic
why looking for alternative
reasons for their rush
in the soil or stars?
Yet many minds flicker
like light on liquids.
[230] Some consider as a cause
the supreme sphere
or the errant estrellas,
the ones whose light
is closer and conquers
in mortal matters.
Or moonbeams obliquely
influencing, or straightforward;
or, the full moon fills
the waters with billows
[240] and vice versa by waning;
or, by cosmic sympathy
sea imitates sky—that’s
substantially the same.
Some see the winds as
the wigglers of waves
in their turnings.
Some sources describe
the sea as a sentient
animal that alternately
[250] pumps/plugs water
by breathing and things.
Or, like in a bugging bed
Neptune cannot nap
therefore he tosses about
with hoarse curses
in his war-weary realm,
and tosses above all
near the North Pole
where mighty mountains
[260] are hidden in ice
compressed and collapsing.
The icy Azov swamp
hardened by Aquilo
lies higher and thence
flows into Euxinus
that goes to Aegean;
but this by bouncing
re-enters Euxinus, and
this re-turns to Azov.
[270] Flux and reflux forever.
Aristotle more subtly
sees the sea as unbalanced,
one region rising
one lip lowering.
Out of Hercules’ edge
with presumed pillars
and conjectured gates
the Mediterranean moves
from plate to plate
[280] and with varied visages
introduces himself
between beaches.
The divine Master indeed
made it polymorphous
round, stretched, square,
like a cone, a cross,
with portentous pots,
see the Tyrrhenian Sea
parking in Parthenope:
[290] a Champagne chalice.
Whatever the sea’s shape
may be, it never naps
either with good weather
or with stormy shadows
even if silence escorts
the moon. In my opinion
the cause is not cosmos
nor the lunar light
not even the uneven
[300] blowing in the wind
nor the abysmal bottom.
The Cause was the Cry
that swung sky and sea
(whence the waves
go and then go back).

(to be continued on Feb. 28)