Even if you’re an ocean and you direct events—send rain
to a grassland, stack lift-off winds
for the gulls to follow, decide which hemisphere gets Shipwreck
and which gets Violins all night at a seaside recital—still
you’re a student forever, dot dot dot.
That’s what it means to have the moon up there.
And even that moon is studying the sun.
Rob Carney is the author of The Book of Sharks (forthcoming in 2018 from Black Lawrence Press), as well as four previous books of poems, most recently 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2015), which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Columbia Journal, and many others, and he writes a regularly featured series called “Old Roads, New Stories” for Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments. He lives in Salt Lake City.