bride and lover, desirous, magnificent with age;
her towers and palaces seeming to melt away
in the seductive, many-coloured sea.
in burnished cherry-wood, and rakish dories,
fleet rowers from an Arabian frieze, leaning
forward, dripping with mist and thrown spray.
souls contingent on the sea, somehow charged
with the imminence of landfall, or a putting out,
Argonauts, alert, counting on the flood.
content to forget at last, and to forgive, while
Peace, beyond the treasure of a thousand kings
flits in and out, disguised as Columbine.