The doldrums prove as lethal as the hurricane,
with measurement and detection arduous.
The ocean lays flat without ripples
or voices propagating toward home.
No waves fatigue the rocky cliffs,
no currents erode the beach
and no one remembers
bleached bones on a decaying raft.
Men yearn for the splash of cannon balls
and others seek faults in the ocean floor,
just to release the surface tension
of a glassy droplet covering the globe.
-Robert L. Jackson