And now, under a sky
with a sunburst mirror,
a child gazes upward,
sees the underside
of the moon clearly
on a conquering sea.

Specks of people in brightly colored life jackets
mingle with white caps.

Like sandpipers scurrying on the shore,
migrants peck their way
through meager pickings.

Barriers are built for those
who may stay and those
who must go. The earth shrinks

A sea gull smashes a clam
against a rock barrier.
The struggle is between here and there.

A sand storm blankets time
and the god of war spreads an angry sky.
Cracks in the ground open.

Like tracks in wet sand,
much will be washed away
by an upending tide.