William Carlos Williams



            Flowers by the Sea


When over the flowery, sharp pasture's
edge, unseen, the salt ocean

lifts its form--chicory and daisies
tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone

but color and the movement--or the shape
perhaps--of restlessness, whereas

the sea is circled and sways
peacefully upon its plantlike stem


William Carlos Williams, Selected Poems, New Directions
Publishing, 1938.