It is the movement of the waves
That activates the buoy bells.
It is the action of the years that brings me to this place,
This feeling which is familiar and yet difficult to describe
Or to be at peace with.
Living near the harbor,
One cannot escape the impermanence of things--
The action of the waves and of time,
Will bring sand and starfish
From every distant point.
There is still tonight to be gotten through,
And the heartbreaking sound
Of the buoy bells.