The Waves


Where the waves show their teeth
            the way Hokusai made them
                        or saw them
You point, just two years old now,
            and say, "Here comes another one!"
You speak with particular reverence
                        for just that wave,
Giving me a moment I can take to the next world.


David Ray, Music of Time: Selected and New Poems, The Backwaters Press, 2006.