Elements of Style
What if poets had to pick? The ocean or the stars.
A reputation in truth telling or a prize in diplomacy?
Seabed or zodiac. Water or fire. Density or infinity.
There’s travel by Chinese junk with shipwreck
Or space capsule disaster. Commerce or exploration.
Marine biologist or aeronautic engineer.
Dictating rhyme, form and meter it’s either
Waves as repetition or constellations as pattern,
Tide and undertow or equinox and quasar.
Cardinal points and horizons stay in joint custody
And every bard gets clarinets, trees and the rigadoon.
Also Spanish butterflies, mountains and Dutch windmills.
By Pauline Uchmanowicz